I was in full on sex geek mode talking to author and Rutgers history professor Whitney Strub. He’s one erudite motherfucker and his area of expertise is some lewd stuff. If you like talking about sex while using big words, consider this your birthday present.
We discuss the history of obscenity in America, sexual politics of pornography, and Samuel Roth, a real life guy who was just meant to be a movie character whose battle for the right to peddle smut went all the way to the Supreme Court.
His new book, Obscenity Rules: Roth v. United States and the Long Struggle over Sexual Expression is out and we chatted about it, as well as his last book, Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right. You should check them out, as well as his blog.