Deep Throat And The Birth Of Adult Movies

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Sex has been around for many millennia. Depending on what you believe, it could've started with Adam and Eve or the primitive cave men that people are rumored to be descended from; either way, it's here and it isn't going anywhere. 

Not only have human beings discovered that having sex continues the species, but that it's also very pleasurable. In the early years of human civilization, sex wasn't very taboo and people were open about their engagements; their clothing didn't hide much anyway. 

As the world aged, and people evolved, so did sex. It became something that was very private, something that was done only behind closed doors, something ladies only did with their husbands and something that should not be openly discussed. Of course men and women still cheated, they still engaged in premarital sex, and still had children out of wedlock or with someone who wasn't their spouse (sorry Jon Snow). But it was never something that was recorded, or something that one should be caught watching.

It wasn't until 1969, that the Golden Era of Pornography began. It was a time where sex films were looked at more artistically, instead of being considered crass, thanks in part to the creative mind that was Andy Warhol. His film, Blue Movie, depicted people having sex; Warhol said that it was supposed to show sexual disappointment and frustration. The movie, the first of its kind to show in theaters, gained worldwide attention and is probably why porn was referred to as blue movies for a very long time. Three short years later, Deep Throat was released. 



Deep Throat, the movie, was a creative project written and directed by Gerard Damiano- a former sailor (from the Navy) turned director. The movie starred Linda Boreman, known then as Linda Lovelace, a pornographic actress who previously participated in a bestiality film called Dogarama (1969) and a golden shower film called Piss Orgy (1971) .

In Deep Throat, Linda is a sexually frustrated woman who is unable to achieve an orgasm. When a sex party does not help, she visits a doctor who lets her know that her clitoris is located in her throat. He then helps her with her oral skills (using himself of course). Linda, having fallen in lust with Dr. Young, asks him to marry her but he declines. Instead, he offers her a job as his therapist, where she gets to orally stimulate many men, until she finds the one she wants to marry.

Of course the film was not well received by many people. It was banned by certain jurisdictions and was the subject of many trials, mainly for obscenity. The actor who played Dr. Young was arrested for attempting to distribute the tape in states where it was banned.

Despite the bad, the film made $1 million in its first seven weeks and $3 million in its first 6 months. It opened up the door for many other pornographic films like Behind the Green Door (1972), The Devil in Miss Jones (1973) and The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976). Today, the pornographic film industry has come a long way from what Warhol and Damiano produced, but there is no doubt that two were an integral part of what porn is today. 

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Kennita Leon Rose

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Kennita's funky style of writing has only blossomed since she discovered her passion for reading. In her downtime, she loves chillaxing with her friends and letting loose. This grown-up flower child, who hails from the Caribbean, can definitely hang with us any time.