August 20th, 2009

20111112, Marilee

More Nose Bleeding

The woman from Bank of America called this morning -- it turns out that when she said "Social Security" and "disability," she meant the latter as the private disability; I thought she meant it as part of "Social Security Disability." We talked about how I could get something there quickly and I told her I could scan last month's non-check part of the statement and put it up online, which I did. I haven't heard back, so I guess she found it.

I took a DVD out to the post office and came home to read the first blogs and such and my nose just started bleeding again. Two days without bleeding and suddenly I have two hankies worth. If it happens again, I'll call Kaiser Advice.

I'd really like to take a nap, but I'd also like to wait until the mailman comes by so I can get mail for Luke and me.
20111112, Marilee

Inside Deep Throat

I've never seen Deep Throat other than the clips in this movie and don't expect to see any more, but it was an interesting movie. I always went along with the facts that porn doesn't incite violence, but I was never very interested in it myself.

The movie starts with an "art" movie where a man recommends Linda Lovelace because she can do deep fellatio and we see some of that. It goes on to talk about the political, criminal, religious, and social groups who try to get porn, particularly Deep Throat, because it made so much money, out of the theatres. I was surprised that the prosecutor still thinks porn is bad, but I suppose I shouldn't have been.

Partway through, Linda says she was constantly threatened and abused by her then-husband. That was hard to beleive considering how she acted when she was away from him and being interviewed. She doesn't mention it in her first two autobiographies. Then she's co-opted by Susan Brownmiller and Feminists Against Pornography and writes two more autobiographies, which is where she brings up the abuse. Wikipedia says there are witnesses, but many people don't beleive them. Near the end of her life, she claimed that both the porn film makers and the feminists screwed her because they didn't help her financially.

The motivations and mechanisms of the porn industry, and everybody against them, made this a very interesting movie.