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PENTHOUSE Magazine, Volume 19, Number 9, 1984 Traci Lords

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Pinsker, Beth (November 13, 1998). " Boogie Boy is weirdly sublime". Entertainment Weekly . Retrieved March 13, 2016.

Meet the deadly cast of Suda51's new PS4 action game, Let It Die: Mark Hamill, Verne Troyer, Billy Dee Williams and Traci Lords provide voices". PlayStation. November 3, 2016 . Retrieved November 3, 2016. Dance Club Songs - The Week of February 23, 2013". Billboard. February 23, 2013 . Retrieved August 27, 2016.While those might not have resulted in convictions, I think an underage person posed as they do in Penthouse probably would. This is Traci’s story, but it’s also an examination of the porn industry as a whole. Why did you want to broaden the scope of the story so much? Because my mind is in the past (the mid-eighties) and in the gutter (the porn biz) for reasons that will become clear, I've spent a lot of time thinking about the September 1984 issue of Penthouse . How to convey the magnitude of the frenzy?

Michelson, Noah (November 19, 2012). "Traci Lords Discusses 'M2F2' Album, Her Porn Past, Sex Advice For Her Son And More". The Huffington Post . Retrieved August 27, 2016.I am aware of the definition and as I have not seen the images in question, I think it can be presumed that someone posing for Penthouse would be posed in some suggestive / erotic way. Let us not forget that the Supremes upheld the Knox conviction which, as I recall, involved video of fully clothed little children, not doing anything particularly erotic but the camera was zoomed into their (fully covered) “naughty” areas. As of 2020, Lords continues to act, and has had a number of films released over the last couple of years. Well, the photos aren't quite all that, but they aren't just your standard-issue nudes either. They featured Williams and another model miming the act of love in a variety of attitudes and positions. Oh, and that other model happened to be a woman. Waters, John (2019). Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 978-0374214968. Confession: I have my own porn past. I’m teasing, but I’m a little serious. I broke into print by writing about Al Goldstein, founder of Screw magazine and a major figure in the adult industry in the ’70s and ’80s. (This is obviously way before I was a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.) One afternoon in 2012, I went to lunch in the Valley at a Hamburger Hamlet with adult veteran Bill Margold, who’d codirected Traci, and adult agent Jim South, who’d represented Traci. Traci, and what happened 25 years ago, was the topic of conversation between these two. Not for part of the lunch, for the whole lunch. The way they told the story was as a noir, with Traci as the ne plus ultra of femmes fatales: She’d scammed the adult industry with a fake ID; had made one movie after the age of 18, a movie she owned the rights to; and then she’d blown the whistle on herself to make more money and become more famous. And the anger of both these men was still, all these years later, hot to the touch. I wanted to find out why. Why was Traci Lords the wound that refused to heal for the adult industry? And who was this Traci Lords anyway, this teenager who’d single-handedly almost taken out an entire industry of hardened professionals?

Melin, Eric (April 8, 2011). " "Au Pair, Kansas": KU grad's debut film, which stars Traci Lords, premieres at Kansas City FilmFest". Lawrence Journal-World . Retrieved March 18, 2015. Romero, Dennis (August 16, 1995). "POP MUSIC REVIEW: Enit Festival a Successful Mix of Traditional, Progressive". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on September 19, 2020. Many Hollywood movies have had under 18 actresses pose nude. Thora Birch in American Beauty is one famous example, easily and legally available. Weinberg, Marc (July 1988). "The Return of Traci Lords". Orange Coast Magazine. pp.192–195 . Retrieved March 15, 2016.Maybe this does it. Peter Bloch, Penthouse 's then-executive editor: "It was the best-selling issue of Penthouse of all time. Hands down. A complete sellout in, like, two days. You couldn't get a copy. So there were guys paying—and this is something I saw with my own eyes—a dollar for a peek. A peek!" As Guccione was prophetic about Williams, so Williams was prophetic about Guccione. She'd drop that suit against Penthouse less than two years after she filed it. At the time, her manager and then fiancé Ramon Hervey gave this as the reason: Williams accepted that the signature on the model release form was indeed hers and that while "she always believed the photographs were meant to be private and that Penthouse was ill-advised to publish them, she now recognizes that Penthouse had an absolute right to have done so." But in 2014, on Oprah's Master Class, Williams gave this as the reason: when she was ten, an older female friend had molested her. Her lawyer informed her that this would come out at trial. Not wanting to put herself or her family through anymore public ugliness, she let the matter go. In 1989, a philosophical-sounding Williams told a reporter that revenge against Penthouse would ultimately be hers: "So many people have gotten burned by those people that I think they'll eventually get it in the end and die a slow, painful death." Because my mind is in the past (the mid-eighties) and in the gutter (the porn biz) for reasons that will become clear, I've spent a lot of time thinking about the September 1984 issue of Penthouse. How to convey the magnitude of the frenzy? I’m getting ahead of myself, though, because I should explain the story first: Traci Lords was the biggest porn star in the world in the mid 1980s. Then, in July of ’86, it was revealed in dramatic fashion—the FBI busting down Traci’s door—that she’d been underage for virtually her entire adult career. This was a huge scandal, and one I was totally unaware of, because at the time it broke I was seven years old.

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