Monday, June 5, 2023

Sex, Law, and Cinema, and How ‘X-Rated’ Became Synonymous With Porn

Documentary filmmaker Tony Comstock has just published a very interesting article on the legal and moral challenges faced by filmmakers during the 20th Century, particularly when dealing with issues of sexuality and nudity. Comstock gives a timeline from 1934 to 1968 “of important court cases, movies, and [Motion Picture Association of America] decisions that led to the MPAA abandoning the Production Code (aka Hays Code) in 1968, and replacing it with a four-tier content advisory system that included an adults-only rating available to producers whether or not they were working within the MPAA system.”

Check it out via The Atlantic here. Today he has How ‘X-Rated’ Became Synonymous With Porn.


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