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Mainstream Hollywood has never been as interesting about sex as it is in the new Kinsey film. It's a strike against the new social conservatism of America

By Olivia Judson   April 2005

The lovers who frolic through mainstream films are mostly beautiful and young—and dull. From Hollywood, we get the missionary position or, on special occasions, the woman on top. Occasionally a different sort of film makes it to the cinema. I can think of a couple of recent examples: Innocence, which includes a scene of an old woman masturbating, and Secretary, which investigates consensual sadistic sex. But usually the variety of human sexual experience is absent, the positions of The Joy of Sex off the menu. If you want to discover what arouses real people, an inspection of the videos in…

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