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January 8, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Smut Stories Alan Bennett Picador: 152 pp., $14 paper Alan Bennett may be best known - both in this country and in his native England - as a playwright ("The History Boys," "The Madness of George III") and a television writer, but for me, his signature work remains the 2007 short novel "The Uncommon Reader. " In that book, Queen Elizabeth II discovers the discomforting pleasures of literature, with results that are disruptive to say the least. Before long, she is missing appointments and neglecting her appearance in the interest of getting a few more minutes to read.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
When Charles Keating's family announced this week that the infamous savings and loan swindler had died at 90 , it seemed only natural to wonder what America's No. 1 pornographer had to say. After all, before ripping off defenseless retirees, Keating had made a name for himself as an anti-smut crusader, pursuing Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt with a relentless zeal. “I normally don't have anything to say about anybody who has passed on,” Flynt, 71, told me from his Los Angeles home Friday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1996
Regarding your criticism of my opposition to the military's facilitation of the sale of vile Hustler-type pornography ("Smut-Busters Purify the Military," editorial, May 6): Pornography is prima facie sexual harassment of women. Is that what our military is to stand for? Is that what The Times is seeking to protect within our best and most noble public institution of sacrifice? I was never so proud of The Times as when you dumped the pornography advertising of X-rated films, videos and slimy smut salons.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2013 | By Scott Collins
It may be scientifically accurate, but a parents' TV group thinks Fox's raunchy new "Animation Domination Hi-Def" is a long way from funny. The head of the Parents Television Council, an advocacy group that frequently targets network programs it finds unfriendly to families, has written a letter to Fox entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly blasting the network for "Scientifically Accurate Ninja Turtles" (a very NSFW example can be seen on YouTube...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1986
The only real solution to the problem that Father Wood speaks of is to teach and practice the unification of spiritual and sexual energy--something that is outside the orthodoxy of most religions, including Christianity. There is no solution in setting up a legal structure to enforce the censorship of pornography. If the legal approach centers on the question of the value of the alleged pornographic material, then who has the right to decide on whether value is present--or whether enough value is present?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 1992
Re: Claudia Puig's "Radio in the Raw" article (Calendar, Feb. 9): I, too, defend the rights of creative radio personalities to say whatever they choose, but "creative" is the operative word here. The puerile smut offered by today's sexist male deejays is insulting to anyone with a brain. I'm convinced there's a huge audience just waiting for a funny, smart female who can entertain, as well as talk about the issues. Give us a real alternative and we will listen. PATRICIA H. CAMPBELL Santa Monica
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 1990
Re the July 22 article on "outing" by Pat H. Broeske and John M. Wilson: Tattle-taling on closeted homosexuals. Yes! Just of kind of juicy smut I savor. You tantalize with tidbits: ". . . the alleged lesbianism of the daughter of a popular performer," a former model who ". . . claimed she had a relationship with a prominent TV and film actress." Yes! Yes! Don't stop! The excitement is building. The breath is faster. I turn the pages quickly. Pressure is mounting. Who? I want names, dammit!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2001
I have been affronted and confronted by the hordes of pitchmen shoving their sexually explicit leaflets literally in my face ("Free Speech on Strip's Sidewalks," July 30). As a family visiting Las Vegas--a middle-aged married couple, a 21-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son--these smut solicitors gave each of us the same material. We had no way to avoid the morally bankrupt gauntlet we encountered numerous times while on the Las Vegas Strip. What your article failed to mention was the outrageous number of people passing out leaflets and their aggression in doing so, the number of young children who receive lewd material and the vulnerability of passers-by who have no other way to get around this sidewalk porno show.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 1990
I am writing in regard to the article by Mike Boehm in today's Calendar, Orange County edition ("Nigerian Musician Sees Music as a Tool," July 27). He uses Voltaire as a cover for his own views condoning the right to allow the youth of our nation to be exposed to the worst kind of smut proliferated by the likes of Luther Campbell's 2 Live Crew. A quote from the fourth paragraph, "He (Voltaire) would nevertheless defend the rappers' right not to be prosecuted for what they have to say, however meager its value."
NEWS
February 25, 1998
Truth in journalism should compel the Los Angeles Times to change the section called Life & Style to Pornography Life & Style. How dare you invade 1,361,988 homes with the sensuous picture of naked John Lennon embracing Yoko Ono ("Out and About," Feb. 8). There is no section in The Times to help parents explain this and other sexually explicit material to their children. (Second-graders can read.) In "Beatts Me!" on the same date, the anti-semitic smut peddler Anne Beatts, who describes herself as a Jewish convert, provides a catalog of abhorrent behavior in her cutesy reference to oral sex, orgasms--fake or real--and a litany of the kind of lecherous fare that at one time could only be found in the sensational supermarket papers.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Smut Stories Alan Bennett Picador: 152 pp., $14 paper Alan Bennett may be best known - both in this country and in his native England - as a playwright ("The History Boys," "The Madness of George III") and a television writer, but for me, his signature work remains the 2007 short novel "The Uncommon Reader. " In that book, Queen Elizabeth II discovers the discomforting pleasures of literature, with results that are disruptive to say the least. Before long, she is missing appointments and neglecting her appearance in the interest of getting a few more minutes to read.
OPINION
March 31, 2009 | JONAH GOLDBERG
In 1996, Milos Forman directed "The People vs. Larry Flynt," the propagandistic film that made a "1st Amendment hero" out of the publisher of Hustler, a racist and filthy porn magazine. And yet Frank Rich of the New York Times dubbed it "the most timely and patriotic movie of the year." Even if you've never seen the movie (or read Hanna Rosin's contemporaneous debunking of it in the New Republic), it's easy to guess why the film was a favorite of people like Rich.
OPINION
March 20, 2005 | Catharine A. MacKinnon, Catharine A. MacKinnon, professor of law at the University of Michigan, is the author of "Women's Lives, Men's Laws," just published by Harvard University Press.
Even as sex equality laws have given women the right to working environments free of sexual abuse, the culture proceeds apace to sexualize women as men's social inferiors. Sexual harassment was first recognized as a legal claim for sex discrimination 30 years ago.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2005 | From Reuters
U.S. regulators are turning their sights on protecting children from indecency on mobile phones. The wireless industry should mount an education campaign so parents know how they can shield their children from adult content, John Muleta, head of the Federal Communications Commission's wireless bureau, said in a letter.
OPINION
November 28, 2004 | James H. Jones, James H. Jones is the author of "Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life and "Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment."
What I admire most about the new movie "Kinsey" is its re-creation of a world in which Victorian attitudes enshroud human sexuality in taboos, ignorance and repression. It shows how badly mid-20th century Americans really needed Alfred C. Kinsey. No scientist has polarized Americans more than this pioneer sex researcher.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2004 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
The Justice Department has quietly installed an outspoken anti-pornography advocate in a senior position in its criminal division, as part of an effort to jump-start obscenity prosecutions. The Bush administration's election-year move follows three years of heat from the Christian right, which believes that Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft, a longtime friend and ally, has fallen down on the job when it comes to fighting smut.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1998
James Rogan, the 27th Congressional District's contribution to this nation's House of Representatives, is, judging by his conduct in the recent House impeachment [inquiry], doing a very poor job in fulfilling the needs of his constituents. He is not in tune with what is really important. This is reflected by his dismal record of ignoring the real issues that affect our everyday lives. Apparently his prime motivation is his prurient ego for the X-rated Internet and his egotistical presence on Sunday morning television.
MAGAZINE
September 29, 1991
Santiago O'Donnell's article ("Argentina: The Soap Opera of the Americas," Aug. 18) caricatures President Carlos Menem cruelly without making any effort to understand why he took over the presidency from Raul Alfonsin several months ahead of time. Chaos and ruin had hit bottom during the tenure of the Radicals, and Alfonsin was at a loss for any solution. Menem has imposed harsh measures to help Argentina return to normal. In the last year, the parallel market has disappeared (it still exists in other countries, such as Brazil)
BUSINESS
January 29, 2004 | From Reuters
Pornographic spam e-mail would have to be clearly labeled so Internet users could easily filter it out, under a rule proposed Wednesday by the Federal Trade Commission. Unsolicited pornography would have to bear a label reading "Sexually-Explicit-Content:" in the subject line and the messages themselves would not be allowed to contain graphic material, the FTC said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2003 | Patt Morrison
It's tough to pull off a disappearing act when you stand 6-feet-something tall and you're built like an Amana side-by-side. But he managed it. Arnold Schwarzenegger was invisible so often over these last few days that I thought he might have added Siegfried and Roy to his campaign team -- poof, there he isn't. He finally breached on Labor Day, the last day of the traditional big three-day debut weekend for candidates, at the state fair in Sacramento. Look fast.
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