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Sex Sells!: The Media's Journey From Repression To Obsession

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In 1953 when Lucille Ball became pregnant, the censors required the characters on "I Love Lucy" to say only that the wacky redhead was "in the family way"-they feared the word "pregnant" might conjure up, in the minds of viewers, images of a man and woman having sexual intercourse. Now, some fifty years later, from giant billboards featuring nearly nude models in Times Squ ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 22nd 2004 by Basic Books (first published 2004)
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Oct 12, 2009 Joan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Am I fascinated by sex? Revolted by it? What? All these thoughts came to me when reading this book. Mainly I did it as research about fame. What I learned is that sex certainly guides fame to a peak if you use it well and provocatively. And if you're a guy doing the sex and getting a lot of it, well even more power to you. But I think I am better than sex because it's all mind control and I've controlled my mind into thinking my way around it, the sex part of my brain I mean. So even though I ha ...more
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Rodger Streitmatter is a journalist and cultural historian whose work explores how the media have helped to shape American culture. He is currently a professor in the School of Communication at American University.
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