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Wallowing in Sex: The New Sexual Culture of 1970s American Television / Edition 1

Wallowing in Sex: The New Sexual Culture of 1970s American Television / Edition 1

by Elana Levine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822339196

ISBN-13: 9780822339199

Pub. Date: 01/09/2007

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Passengers disco dancing in The Love Boat’s Acapulco Lounge. A young girl walking by a marquee advertising Deep Throat in the made-for-TV movie Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway. A frustrated housewife borrowing Orgasm and You from her local library in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Commercial television of the 1970s was

Overview

Passengers disco dancing in The Love Boat’s Acapulco Lounge. A young girl walking by a marquee advertising Deep Throat in the made-for-TV movie Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway. A frustrated housewife borrowing Orgasm and You from her local library in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Commercial television of the 1970s was awash with references to sex. In the wake of the sexual revolution and the women’s liberation and gay rights movements, significant changes were rippling through American culture. In representing—or not representing—those changes, broadcast television provided a crucial forum through which Americans alternately accepted and contested momentous shifts in sexual mores, identities, and practices.

Wallowing in Sex is a lively analysis of the key role of commercial television in the new sexual culture of the 1970s. Elana Levine explores sex-themed made-for-TV movies; female sex symbols such as the stars of Charlie’s Angels and Wonder Woman; the innuendo-driven humor of variety shows (The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, Laugh-In), sitcoms (M*A*S*H, Three’s Company), and game shows (Match Game); and the proliferation of rape plots in daytime soap operas. She also uncovers those sexual topics that were barred from the airwaves. Along with program content, Levine examines the economic motivations of the television industry, the television production process, regulation by the government and the tv industry, and audience responses. She demonstrates that the new sexual culture of 1970s television was a product of negotiation between producers, executives, advertisers, censors, audiences, performers, activists, and many others. Ultimately, 1970s television legitimized some of the sexual revolution’s most significant gains while minimizing its more radical impulses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822339199
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
01/09/2007
Series:
Console-ing Passions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introdution 1

1. KIDDIE PORN VERSUS ADULT PORN
Inter-Network Competition 17

2. NOT IN MY LIVING ROOM
TV Sex That Wasn’t 46

3. THE SEX THREAT
Regulating and Representing Sexually Endangered Youth 76

4. SYMBOLS OF SEX
Television’s Women and Sexual Difference 123

5. SEX WITH A LAUGH TRACK
Sexuality and Television Humor 169

6. FROM ROMANCE TO RAPE
Sex, Violence, and Soap Operas 208

CONCLUSION 253

NOTES 261

BIBLIOGRAPHY 299

INDEX 309

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