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In the spirited tradition of Louis Theroux, Jeff Sparrow sets out to explore the relationship between porn and censorship, and what it reveals about our social values.

From the internet revolution to raunch culture, Sparrow's quest takes him through contemporary Australia: the sparkly booths of Sexpo; grimy adult cinemas; the loud, pro-virginity rallies of Pentecostal youth groups; and the depths of the Australian desert, where the Intervention has led to prohibitive restrictions in Indigenous communities.

Along the way, Sparrow interviews key figures, from religious lobbyists and porn stars to feminist activists, convicted pornographers, and those on the censorship board — who spend their days watching porn to evaluate what 'the average person' would think of it. Through their stories, he uncovers the hypocrisies and blind spots in a system that seeks to encapsulate the community's views, but endorses cultural and social prejudices in doing so.

In a time of fervour and moral panic, when old divisions between Right and Left are breaking down, Money Shot probes the contradictions of our relationship to sex and censure, excess and folly, erotica and vice. By turns moving, enlightening, and terrifically funny, it will show you a new side to the debate about censorship — whatever your views.

'A highly readable feat of narrative journalism.' Bookseller + Publisher

'Wry and absorbing philosophical enquiry.' Chloe Hooper

Reviews

'A wry and absorbing philosophical enquiry into pornography and society. Read before watching.' -- Chloe Hooper

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'A keen eye for our culture's flash points … An entertaining, perplexing, and telling guided tour through the world of censorship and porn.' — Sophie Cunningham

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'Brilliantly untangles the absurdities of the porn industry and the people who breathe it … Funny, brutal, and razor-sharp, Money Shot shows Sparrow is — hands down — one of our best writers and journalists.' — Benjamin Law

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'A highly readable feat of narrative journalism … Essential reading for anyone interested in how the idea of choice, the free market economy and the internet are shaping censorship and pornography … This excellently researched and nuanced book should generate debate.' — Portia Lindsay (Australian Bookseller and Publisher)

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781921844973

    August 22, 2012

    Scribe Publications (Adult)

    320 pages

    RRP $29.99

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