Britain, the United States, Europe and Australia are wallowing in pornography on a scale never before equalled in their history. As one writer put it, there has been in Western society "an escalation in what you are permitted to see in the ordinary normal way of things unparalleled in history." Gradually over the last few decades pornography distributors have sensed and taken full advantage of the commercial potential of merchandising the fem ale body -and now also the male body. As a result pornography today is a multimillion dollar business. An outshoot of the "19-sexties," the pornography boom has moved from the back streets to the respectable bookstalls, from the "voyeur" film clubs to the local movie theaters. The import and export trade in pornography in Europe and Britain was estimated two years ago to be more than $100 million per year.
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