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Pornography: The Secret History of CivilizationFenton Bailey and Randy Barbado founded the World of Wonder Entertainment Co. in 1991. In the decades since, World of Wonder has produced a wide array of documentaries and TV shows that have brazenly violated the taboos of mainstream American culture, ushering Americans into the worlds of pornography, prostitution, and transgenders. Their show RuPaul's Drag Race, a reality competition series featuring drag queens, has been a hit on the Logo Network, and it was recently renewed for its sixth season.

In October, Reason TV contributor Thaddeus Russell spoke with Bailey about sex, porn, YouTube, and the "terrible mistake" that is the Federal Communications Commission (view the video interview here). The following is a condensed and edited version of the interview.

Q: Most of your shows deal with sex quite openly. Why?

A: It's a big absence in television. Sex is kind of an important part of who we are. If there were no sex, there would be no civilization; there would be no society. It's kind of the engine, so it always struck us as odd that it was never talked about, or it was just invisible in the TV landscape.

It took us 10 years to get Pornography: The Secret History of Civilization, the six-part documentary series, made, because the idea was that pornography, sexually explicit expression, has been this sort of midwife of new media. Whether it's novels, or movies, or video, or the Internet, sexually explicit expression has been that initial killer application that gets these media accepted by people. This is how people get exposed to new media.

Q: A lot of people see porn as, at best, just a release from repression. Do you see it as anything more than that?

A: Yes. Pornography is like the first expression of documentary filmmaking. I mean, it's real what you're seeing. When porn stars are going at it, they're actually doing it. It's not a body double. They may be faking it, but they're faking it while they're doing it. Pornography is sort of a documentary experience.

Q: So should there be any rules applied to television? Should there be an FCC?

A: No.

Q: None at all?

A: No, it was a terrible mistake.

Q: So you have a son, and you're fine with him watching anything on television?

A: Oh, no, no. I'm not fine with him watching just anything. I'm the parent, so I get to say what he should and should not watch. I don't need the FCC to regulate that for me.

He doesn't really watch TV anyway. He's on YouTube all the time typing in "Lego," because he wants to watch Lego trains. I have to make sure that it's the Lego trains crashing and not real trains because if you forget to type in "Lego" you're suddenly looking at pretty horrific things. I think it's OK.

Q: What about sex? Do you want him to watch pornography? Would that be OK?

A: I think it's up to him whether he wants to watch pornography when he's old enough to appreciate it. I imagine he will. I don't think he should watch pornography while he's a child, and I don't think he should see violent things. Often we're watching TV at breakfast and I'm like, "You cannot watch this!" What they say on the news-I think that's not fit for a child to hear.

Q: So we should abolish the FCC?

A: Yeah. I mean, really, YouTube-people aren't really watching TV. Young people, that is. Young people are watching YouTube anyway, and the FCC doesn't really exist in terms of that. So in a way it's taken care of itself.

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  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    Of course sex is an engine, and you shouldn't use it to drag-race while high. Or to race the engine without going anywhere. Or drive head-on into someone else's car. Insert other metaphor of choice.

  • Brandybuck||

    Also, never try to ramp up your sex with nitrous. Trust me, just don't go there.

  • Don'tTreadOnMe||

    ….and DEFINITELY don't rear-end anyone unless they are really asking for it!

  • Ornithorhynchus||

    Don't forget the lube.

    Why does Reason keep logging me out? Every time I want to comment on something I have to sign back in. Is this happening to anyone else?

  • Irish||

    It used to happen to me periodically. Try making sure to hit the 'keep me signed in' box when you sign in.

  • ||

    2 DVDs, five hours and yet nothing about Warty. These dudes dropped the ball.

  • Surly Chef||

    The Warty content is a Easter egg. Unfortunately no one has survived watching the segment so, there's no one to tell you how to find it or what it's like.

  • ||

    "Sex with animals?!? There's no time, man!"

  • Ymmarta||

    "If there were no sex, there would be no civilization"

    The kind of sex promoted in p0rn doesn't result in children.

  • prolefeed||

    Apparently you've never searched for pr0n under "creampie" or "internal" or some other terms. Lots of condomless straight sex in pr0n.

    And plenty of Catholics who were born as a result of the rhythm method.

  • Don'tTreadOnMe||

    ….but probably few from pearl necklaces so point well taken…..

  • SQRLSY One||

    What about the Middle Eastern Islamo-fascists and goat-fucking and camel-fucking?!?! OK, I get yer point about the childlessness of “pearl necklaces” and so forth, but I as a Person Who Profoundly Sympathizes With Camel–Fuckers… Whether they want to be sympathized with, or not, is besides the point, and WAY more importantly, outside of my agandas and political point of view… Ah DEMANDS that the points of view of the camel-fuckers, be accommodated, forthwith!!! Allah demands no less!

  • c5c5||

    "The kind of sex promoted in p0rn doesn't result in children."

    True. Folks throughout time have never had a problem in reproducing despite the taboos against sex and p0rn.

    The mainstreaming of p0rn and openness of sex in general is the result from the benefits of capitalism. Not that there were none before capitalism, but the overwhelming toleration and openness of it has never been so high in society.

    If modern society is somehow reduced back to pure day-to-day survival, I would believe it would reverse the toleration of much of what we see today.

    For those who enjoy the openness and toleration of p0rn etc, you can thank modern capitalism and the type of society it has produced.

  • np||

    I would suggest looking into Japan up to the mid 1800's, ancient Greece and Rome, pagan cultures, Amazonian tribes and traditional Polynesia. You will be surprised.

  • c5c5||

    NP,

    I am not surprised at all. Pockets of sexual freedom here and there in history do not make civilization more open.

    Rome was quite open now and then in the past as other areas were. This is not new. For instance, homosexuality has always been around and practiced. It has NOT however been almost universally accepted as it is becoming now.

    Right now is the only time in history we have seen pretty much the entire world as open about sex as it has ever been.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Young people are watching YouTube anyway, and the FCC doesn't really exist in terms of that.

    I agree with Bailey here. The FCC really needs to get in there and regulate YouTube.

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

  • MSimon||

    Porn has been a part of civilization for a very long time. This article links to some 4,000 year old mass produced porn:

    http://classicalvalues.com/201.....w-2000-bc/

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