Hustling (Times Square Episode 4)

On this episode, Melissa and Cheyenne have questions about The Deuce and its gay cliches. Especially after screening Hustling, the TV movie that may as well be The Deuce if it really had been made in 1975. Our special guest is the author of A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography, Mireille Miller-Young.

Times Square, 1975 / Getty

On this episode

A very special gay episode / more temporal hubris / Jean Naté / "What did you use in Vietnam?" / an anti-porn PR gambit / Ebert on Deep Throat / Channel J / soul porn, Ella Baker, Huey Newton / before The Deuce: "Hustling" / loitering with intent /  johnalism: of editors & ethics / watch The Boys in the Band and "The Gay Bar" / call us! / become a patron / so long

Further reading and viewing

A Gay Activist Alliance protest march and demonstration against mafia-controlled gay bars and police harassment / August 1971.

A Gay Activist Alliance protest march and demonstration against mafia-controlled gay bars and police harassment / August 1971.

A Gay Liberation Front march on Times Square, 1969 / Diana Davies, The New York Public Library

A Gay Liberation Front march on Times Square, 1969 / Diana Davies, The New York Public Library

It is all very well and good for Linda Lovelace, the star of the movie, to advocate sexual freedom; but the energy she brings to her role is less awesome than discouraging. If you have to work this hard at sexual freedom, maybe it isn’t worth the effort.
— Roger Ebert, March 6, 1973
Desiree West

Desiree West

Desiree West

Desiree West

"Hustling," 1975 (promo)

"Hustling," 1975 (promo)

Outside the Terminal Bar, Times Square / Sheldon Nadelman

Outside the Terminal Bar, Times Square / Sheldon Nadelman

Featured Music

  • "Shannon," Henry Gross; 1976
     
  • "Happening In The Streets," The Voltage Brothers;1978
     
  • “When the Blue Begins,” Henry Gross; 1978
     
  • "One More Tomorrow," Henry Gross; 1974
     

  • "Hang Up Your Hangups," The Voltage Bros


Credits

TERRIFIC CITY is hosted by Melissa Gira Grant and Cheyenne Picardo. The show was recorded and edited by Cheyenne Picardo, and it was produced by Melissa Gira Grant. (Thanks to Bradley Robinson for helping with music supervision.)

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