Production

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
8

There are few nationally distributed sexually explicit tabloids.[2099] The vast majority of sexually explicit tabloids are regional publications.[2100] Some of these tabloids are published by a swinger or sex club.[2101] Others are established by individuals or regional corporations.[2102] Most of the tabloids are independently owned.[2103]

Sexually explicit tabloids vary in their sexual explicitness and content diversity. Some contain all photographs. Others contain text and photographs. The photographs depicted in some of these tabloids include sadomasochistic activities, sexual acts between two women, masturbation, oral-genital contact, and vaginal and anal intercourse. The text may be sexually oriented or of a general interest nature.

The advertisements in these tabloids are mostly regional and for sexually related goods and services. The tabloids often contain advertisements for sexually explicit video tapes, films, photo sets, magazines and paperback books.[2104] Sexual paraphernalia, aphrodisiacs, and sadomasochistic devices are also advertised. The majority of the advertisements in tabloids are for escort services, prostitution, massage parlors, sexually explicit telephone messages, and classified listings. Advertisements comprise a significant portion, if not the majority, of the tabloids.

The following examples of advertisements are from the Hollywood Press. The Hollywood Press is published weekly and sold predominantly in California.[2105] Two advertisements for escort agencies included:

International Escorts Featuring Beautiful Blondes, Brunettes, Blacks and Orientals. Master Charge & Visa Accepted. 24 Hours at Your Location for Your Convenience & Pleasure...

And,

Gourmet Treats Escort Agency Menu (Take Out) Entrees

  • Blondes, Brunettes and Redheads (long, shoulder-length, straight or curly)
  • Busty or Slender, Classic Builds (38-25-36; 34-23-34; 36-24-36, etc.)
  • International & American Beauties
  • Tall to Petite
  • Novices to Mature "Experts"[2106]

Each Dish: Available individually or in any combination...Prepared to order...Served for Short but Satisfying Meal or Full Course. Delivered: ANYTIME. Checks & All Major Credit Cards Accepted. Delicious Dolls Interviewed.[2107]

Other advertisements for sex-related services included:

CLINIC specializing in Special Specialties.

  • Bondage and Discipline
  • Two Completely Equipped Dungeons
  • Enemas-Give & receive
  • T.V.'s-Complete Wardrobes, Maids Outfits
  • Infantilism-Diapers, Rubber pants
  • Spankings - The Best in Town
  • Wrestling - Mats and Showers Available
  • Videos & Slides-For Your Viewing Pleassure
    5 Dominants
    5 Submissives
    Open 7 Days a Week, Visa, Mastercharge...[2108]

GOLDEN RAIN. Drips & Drips, Golden Showers, Cum Down My Crotch, Let Me Stand Over You & Give You My "Golden Juices! Call...[2109]

SHE MALE. Exceptionally attractive transsexual, flawless complexion, refined features, cock intact. Cauc. brunette, 24 yrs, $100 cash for ½ hour. In call. Clean cut, muscular athletes 18-30 free....[2110]

The classified advertisement section of the Hollywood Press edition surveyed also had help wanted advertisements. These included advertisements for Dude models, escorts, nude dancers, performers and masseuses.[2111]

Many of these tabloids are produced in-house. This has been made possible by the advent of inexpensive machines which have typeset and photo screening capabilities.[2112] These machines can now be purchased for approximately six thousand dollars.[2113]

Notes

  1. The best known of these tabloids is Screw Magazine. Even Screw Magazine is predominantly regionally circulated (seventy percent in New York). Interview with Dennis Sobin, President, First Amendment Consumer and Trade Society (FACTS) (Apr. 11, 1986).
  2. Id.
  3. Id.
  4. Id.
  5. Id.
  6. See, The Imagery Found Among Magazines, Books, Films in "Adults Only" Pornographic Outlets in Chapter 24.
  7. Hollywood Press, July 5, 1985, p. 2.
  8. Id., p. 11.
  9. Id.
  10. Id., p. 21.
  11. Id.
  12. Id.
  13. It should be noted that the fact that a publication has advertisements for prostitution does not make it a sexually explicit publication. Sexual explicitness refers to the publication as a whole, not simply its advertisements.
  14. Interview with Dennis Sobin, President, First Amendment Consumer and Trade Society (FACTS) (Apr. 11, 1986).
  15. Id.