Hello Kristin; for those who might not know you please let us know you are and please describe yourself? I’m an author, a contributor to The Daily Beast and a marketing professional in the Washington, DC area. I love college football and on Saturdays you’ll find me watching ESPN College GameDay and cheering on my alma mater the Florida State University Seminoles. I am finishing my memoir, The Pornographer’s Daughter, about my family’s experience when my father, Anthony Battista, was prosecuted by the federal government on obscenity charges for distributing the movie Deep Throat in the 1970s.
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In June I was interviewed by a Dublin, Ireland radio station, Phantom 105.2, after the publication of my article in The Daily Beast about Deep Throat's 40th anniversary. They were interested in discussing the article's premise that this film played a role in the women's rights movement. It was surprising an outlet in Ireland would contact me and, in fact, other foriegn outlets reached out for interviews too like, a TV show on the Canadian Broadcast Company and Garzia Magazine in the UK. Those opportunities didn't pan out but it seemed the media outside the US were just more intrigued and willing to talk about the topic. My guess is those in the US still struggle with how to talk about pornography. Well here's the interview, I was nervous as hell doing this but it seemed to go okay. And I loved the Irish accent of the show host, Alison Curtis. Thanks again to Phanton 105.2.
This was a fun interview to write. Thanks to everyone at Luke is Back for asking me to do this. Read the full interview and below are the first two questions. Are religious conservatives with their views on porn and sex in a minority or are their views shared by many Americans? Religious conservatives are a very vocal, influential minority and the main reason why there is still this ongoing debate about whether or not pornography damages people and relationship. For someone like Rick Santorum to become so popular with the conservative base of this country shows that his anti-pornography message still resonates. Similarly, Mitt Romney’s openly gay foreign policy aide, Richard Grenell, (of two weeks) recently resigned under pressure from social conservatives. I suspect that in Romney’s case, he is really not that uptight but obviously needs to cater to this wing of the Republican party just as he needs to cater to the Tea Party. But, as we know, Santorum lost his bid for the Republican nomination for president and this provides good evidence that conservatives do not actually represent the majority.
Some trace America’s love hate relationship to porn with the Puritan spirit. Would you agree or disagree? I would agree our Puritan roots have inspired our ambivalence, and sometimes outright hatred towards, pornography. The notion that sexual thoughts are bad or dirty has been the basis of this country’s view on a lot of things; the private and public dimensions of sexual behavior, gender roles, fashion, careers, etc. I think it’s dangerous for religion to advocate keeping people clueless and silent about sexuality since it’s in the very nature of who we are and it’s important for everyone to have the chance to explore and understand who they are. But I realize that that same Puritan spirit has inspired spirituality for many and has brought people peace and solace, so if that works for people, good for them. Our religious heritage is a blessing and a curse in so many ways and to elaborate would take forever.