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(CATALONIA TODAY – SECTION: LONG-TERM RESIDENT - ARTICLE TWENTY-FIVE)
When I arrived in Catalonia in the 1980s, I was astonished by the wide variety of hard core pornography available at just about every corner newsstand (in the UK, it was still illegal to publish an image of an erect penis).
Only prudes would deny that pornography can be sexually arousing, but I have to admit that whenever I get a peek, I can't help wondering – even as my erection gets under way – just how happy the people in the images are to be there.
This weekend I finally read a book I have long suspected might provide some answers: 'Ordeal' by Linda Lovelace, the star of 'Deep Throat', the skin flick that kick-started the mainstream porn industry most of us take for granted today. If 'Ordeal' is true, before 'Deep Throat', Lovelace was forced into prostitution by a violent control freak called Chuck Traynor, who also forced her to have sex with a dog, to be anally hemorrhaged by a pathological dominatrix, and to give various mafia and showbiz types her trademark blowjob; he even beat her up on the set of 'Deep Throat' (the bruises are clearly visible in certain scenes).
Contrary to the pornographers who rubbished the book for years (as did the makers of the 2005 documentary 'Inside Deep Throat') I for one am convinced that 'Ordeal', recently reprinted, contains not a single fabrication. Linda Lovelace was one miserable woman, and 'Deep Throat, championed by the anti-censorship movement worldwide, was made on the back of years of physical and psychological torture. Not all porn stars have suffered like Lovelace, of course, but her story is a reminder that pornography, like sex itself, is a kind of playing with fire. It can be great fun. Or it can hurt like hell.