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                   A brief history of pornography

                                  By Eugene Struthers


         A look back at 1980s American porn industry

                                               by Eugene Struthers
 
 

### **Introduction **


- **Overview of the Decade**: General context of the 1980s in America.
- **Cultural and Social Backdrop**: How societal attitudes toward sex and media were changing.
- **Technological Advances**: The impact of new media technologies, like VCRs, on the industry.

### **Chapter 1: The Golden Age of Porn (3,000 words)**
- **Historical Context**: Transition from the 1970s, the "Golden Age" of porn.
- **Major Studios and Producers**: Key players like Vivid Entertainment and Adam & Eve.
- **Influential Films**: Notable works such as "Deep Throat," "Debbie Does Dallas," and their lasting impact.
- **Star Performers**: Rise of iconic performers like John Holmes, Ginger Lynn, and Tracy Lords.

### **Chapter 2: Regulation and Legal Battles (4,000 words)**
- **Obscenity Laws**: Key legal battles and the impact of obscenity laws on the porn industry.
- **Miller Test**: Application and implications of the Miller v. California ruling.
- **Notable Cases**: Important porn legal cases and their outcomes.
- **Government Actions**: Role of the Reagan administration in attempting to curb the porn industry.

### **Chapter 3: The Rise of Home Video (4,000 words)**
- **VHS Revolution**: How VHS tapes changed porn distribution and consumption.
- **Economic Impact**: Shift in revenue streams from porn theatres to home video.
- **Production Changes**: Adaptation of porn production practices for the home video market.
- **Content Evolution**: Changes in the types of porn content being produced.

### **Chapter 4: Cultural Impact (3,500 words)**
- **Mainstream Crossovers**: How porn influenced mainstream media and vice versa.
- **Public Perception**: Shifts in public attitudes towards pornography.
- **Porn Stars in Popular Culture**: Mainstream appearances and celebrity status of porn stars.
- **Criticism and Support**: Voices from feminist and conservative movements.

### **Chapter 5: The Industry's Internal Dynamics (3,500 words)**
- **Working Conditions**: Insights into the day-to-day lives of performers and crew.
- **Economic Structure**: Breakdown of industry economics, from production to profit-sharing.
- **Technological Innovation**: Introduction of new filming techniques and special effects.
- **Health and Safety**: Efforts to protect performers, including the rise of HIV/AIDS.

### **Chapter 6: Notable Figures (3,000 words)**
- **Directors and Producers**: Profiles of influential directors and producers.
- **Performers**: Biographical sketches of significant performers.
- **Behind-the-Scenes Workers**: Recognition of key behind-the-scenes contributors.

### **Chapter 7: The HIV/AIDS Crisis (4,000 words)**
- **Impact on the Industry**: How the crisis affected production and performer safety.
- **Response and Regulation**: Industry and government responses to the epidemic.
- **Personal Stories**: Experiences of those within the industry during the crisis.
- **Long-Term Effects**: Lasting changes in health practices and industry regulations.

### **Chapter 8: Market Changes and Economic Factors (3,500 words)**
- **Economic Pressures**: Financial trends and market shifts.
- **Piracy and Copyright Issues**: The impact of piracy on profits and production.
- **Competition**: The rise of amateur and international productions.
- **Adapting Business Models**: How companies adjusted to new economic realities.

### **Chapter 9: Technological Advancements (3,000 words)**
- **Filming Techniques**: Evolution of filming technology and methods.
- **Special Effects and Innovations**: Introduction of special effects and new genres.
- **Editing and Post-Production**: Advances in editing and post-production technology.

### **Chapter 10: The Transition to the 1990s (3,500 words)**
- **Changing Tastes and Trends**: Shifts in consumer preferences at the end of the decade.
- **Legal and Social Shifts**: How changing laws and social attitudes were shaping the future.
- **Legacy and Influence**: Long-term impact of the 1980s on the industry.
- **Preparing for the Digital Age**: Early signs of the coming internet revolution.

### **Conclusion 
- **Summary of Key Points**: Recap of major themes and findings.
- **The Enduring Legacy**: The 1980s’ lasting impact on American culture and the porn industry.
- **Future Directions**: Speculations on the future trajectory of the industry.

### **Appendices (2,000 words)**


- **Glossary**: Definitions of industry terms and slang.
- **Timeline**: Key events in the 1980s porn industry.
- **Biographies**: Brief biographies of notable figures.
- **Resources for Further Reading**: Books, articles, and documentaries.

### **References (1,000 words)**


- **Citations**: Detailed citations of sources used throughout the book.
- **Acknowledgments**: Acknowledgment of contributors and sources of information.

Bibliography

This structure provides a detailed and comprehensive look at the 1980s American porn industry, covering its multifaceted impact and evolution throughout the decade.

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