Friday 9 December 2016

Ban lifted on smut mags -- but hasn't the horse bolted?

We are exposed daily to images of sex -- so the new influx of smut won't raise many eyebrows, says Eamon Delaney

Published 11/12/2011 | 05:00

You might, or might not be interested, to know that as of last week the following publications are freely and legally available in Ireland: Razzle, Mayfair, Men Only, Escort and Club International.

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Unless you are completely innocent, you will recognise at least some of these titles as mainstream porn magazines, or girlie mags, or skinrags.

In fact, they are now described as 'glamour' publications, which suggests Kate Moss wearing Dolce & Gabbana, whereas in fact they are more likely to feature some other Kate, from Essex, wearing nothing at all, and smiling wantonly from the kitchen table. In fairness, some of the publications, as the posh title Mayfair suggests, strive for a certain Helmut Newton sophistication (hotel balconies, four-poster beds) but many of the others are just upfront North of England smut, with all the grace of a DIY gynaecology manual. Or, as the trade parlance goes, 'the butcher's window'.

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