There are many conflicting stories surrounding the Linda Lovelace dog sex movie. The adult movie business, can be cruel. On leaving the adult business, and attempting to return to a more standard existence, I am sure Linda did not find it easy. Her Deep Throat movie, pretty much invented oral sex. That made Linda, kinda easy to spot in the job line.
I grew up watching it with her at least once a year, lying on our living room floor in front of the sickly green glow of the screen. Various movies have filled this role in my life, too: not movies I love or even like, but ones I feel contain some kernel of meaning I can never quite grasp. The movie, which had comparatively high production values and a script well aware of the humor inherent in its premise, became not just a success, but a cultural touchstone of the era, and can be credited both with providing an alias for a key player in the Watergate scandal and with introducing oral sex as a topic of conversation to legions of middle Americans. On a simpler level, Deep Throat was and is the greatest mainstream success in the history of porn. For the first time, a wide audience—couples, college kids, middle-class and middle-aged viewers, and women—paid five dollars to go into a darkened room and watch people have sex. She also got screwed in nearly every way a person can. Like my work?