Money Shot: A Journey into Porn and Censorship
By Jeff Sparrow Scribe, 320pp, $29.95
LAST year anti-pornography activist Gail Dines visited Australia for the Sydney Writers Festival and appeared on ABC1’s Q&A program. She used these forums to defend strongly her anti-porn stance, challenging moderate commentators on the panels.
Jeff Sparrow, editor of Overland magazine, is concerned with the wider issues surrounding the pornography debate and in Money Shot, a thorough investigation of censorship in Australia, he leaves few stones unturned.
He contemplates the work of British-born, US-based Dines and interviews Australian anti-porn activist Melinda Tankard-Reist. He goes backstage at Sexpo to meet American porn star Lexi Belle. He undergoes training with the Australian Classification Board.
Sparrow chronicles his travels — from adult shops in Sydney to Sexpo in Brisbane to intervention-affected Northern Territory towns, as well as on the porn-drenched internet — in an entertainingly conversational manner. I was captivated by the awkward interviews, sad encounters and disturbing sexual displays. I became immersed in Sparrow’s methodology and experiences. Wry observations of Sexpo convey