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While many of these films sported impossibly lurid titles, in truth "sexploitation" films were amazingly tame in terms of sexual content. The idea was to exploit the concept of sex without violating long-standing cultural and legal taboos against showing it all on the screen. --Doris Wishman

American directors: Joseph Mawra - Joe Sarno - Kroger Babb - Doris Wishman - Russ Meyer

European directors: Jess Franco - Euro "trash" directors

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Sexploitation is the exploitative use of explicit sexual material in films, magazines, books and other media. Before the sexual revolution these cultural artifacts needed an alibi to show scenes of nudity. They found it in the form of cautionary tales, sex education, nudist camps, ...

Sex Exploitation, or "sexploitation" films, are similar to soft-core pornography, in that the film serves largely as a vehicle for showing scenes involving nude women. Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is one example. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploitation_film [Aug 2004]

Sexploitation is a term that was first used in the 1940s which describes media that is merely an excuse to purvey sex. The term indicates a subgenre of exploitation films. Some consider it to be a genre in itself, as it can be the general theme behind productions such as films, magazines or music videos or sporting promotions, which largely serve as a vehicle for showing scenes involving nude or semi-nude women. During the 1960s, these type of films could be seen in drive-in theaters and grindhouse theatres.

Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is one example, and the 1982 Porky's is another.--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexploitation

Sexploitation films and VCR technology
After pornography became widely available in the mid eighties as a result of the VCR, sexploitation was largely a thing of the past. [Jan 2006]

Sexploitation film slicks 1963–1973

Adult Art Films - v1 #1 July 1963
image sourced here.

This genre of mags––the underground adult sexploitation film slicks––acted as the trade magazines for the sexploitation film industry. They were something I had no idea existed until I stumbled upon some on eBay in 1999. At first I thought there were probably only a few titles, and I became increasingly surprised each time I discovered a new title. Now, over five years later, I’m still finding new titles, and there seems to be no end in sight. I never really thought about it, but had always figured that the sex film mags had started in the early ‘70s after the popularization of hardcore porn with Deep Throat et al––that was obviously not the case!

I had seen a few of these softcore sexploitation flicks right at the very end of their era in the early ‘70s when I was 17 or so, but don’t remember anything about them other than it was the first time I had seen full nudity on the screen with simulated sex.

There were a few of these mags coming out as early as 1963 from various adult slick publishers such as Bonanza Publishing, Selbee Associates, Publisher’s Export Company (PEC) and Sari Publishing, but for the most part they focused on foreign films, racy B-movies, and art house flicks. The sexploitation genre of mags didn’t really get swinging until the explosion of sexploitation movies hit the screens in the mid-sixties. --http://www.badmags.com/bmsexploitation.html [May 2005]

The list of titles is rather evocative, titles from the badmags page include:

Adam Film Quarterly - Adam Film World - Adult Art Films - Adult Movies Illustrated - Art Films Review - Banned - Barred - Bizarre Films - Bizarre Films - Candid Press - Celluloid Capers - Cine Femmes - Cinema Close-Up - Cinema Keyhole - Cinema Scorchers - Cinema Sizzlers - Cinema 'X' - Cinerotic - Contact Films - Cropped Crotches - Daring Films - Dynamic Films - Eroscreen - Erotic Film Reviews - Exotic Cinema - Fiery Films - Film Inferno - Films of the Erotic Cinema - Flick - Flicks - Hollywood Sex Queens - Hot Flicks - Mod Cinema - Mondo Freudo - Movie X - Movies International - Naked Films - Night and Day - Raw Flix - Raw! - Sensuous Sinema - Shocker - Shocking Screen - Sin Sinema - Sin-ema Around the World - Skin Film - The Erotic Cinema - The Exploiter - The Reel Thing - The Wild Wild Films - Torrid Film Reviews - Untamed Cinema - Wild Screen Reviews - Wildest Films - X Films - X Rated Films

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