Porn Valley PSA

Susannah Breslin is one of my favorite writers and has posted the full text of her essay “A Porn Valley Story” on her blog, The Reverse Cowgirl.  If you enjoy incisive, intelligent writing and can say “porn” without flinching, giggling or wrinkling up your nose, do yourself a favor and check it out.  If none of those things are true about you, well, I’m sure The Learning Channel has some insipid programming about cleaning/painting/flipping houses on right now.

Here’s a snip:

Porn Valley is a place. Have you ever been there? It’s in the San Fernando Valley but on no map, stretching all the way from Hidden Hills to The Narrows. From the top of the Santa Susana Mountains, you can see it spreading out underneath you like a girl. This is where 80 percent of the world’s adult filmography is born, on its barren soundstages, in its rented mansions, on the manicured lawns of its suburban homes. This is the Other Hollywood, a business begetting over ten thousand X-rated videos a year, where thousands work every single day. They come to this territory, climbing over the Hollywood Hills, heading for Van Nuys, marching up those steps to central casting. They are sexual missionaries, hard-core dogs, oversexed starlets, madman directors, producers gone totally wild. It is from Porn Valley that this product is funneled, to spread itself out across this country, to play itself out behind our closed doors, hidden away in our desk drawers, dancing across our glowing T.V. screens.

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