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X-Rated: The Sex Industry In the ACT at the Canberra Museum and Gallery

Apr 30, 2015  ·  2 min read

By Benjamen Judd

Not for the faint of heart or the meek of manner, the latest exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, X-Rated: The Sex Industry In the ACT which is showing until September 20 is a daring and controversial glimpse at the raunchy history of our nation’s capital.

For a lot of Australians, Canberra has a rather raunchy past, being synonymous with the sex industry since the early 1980s. It has now been twenty years since it became legal to sell X-rated films in the ACT and the adult industry has undergone monumental shifts both internally and in public perception.

In X-Rated: The Sex Industry In the ACT, The Canberra Museum and Gallery explore the local sex industry’s fascinating evolution through video, photography and personal accounts.

X-rated: the sex industry in the ACT also explores the legislative and social history of the sex work industry, the pornography industry (production, distribution and sale) and associated industry bodies including the AIDS Action Council, Sex Workers Outreach Project (ACT), Scarlet Alliance and the Eros Association.

It is a brilliant yet often confronting view into what some call the oldest profession yet underpins much of the anxiety, stigma and phobias contained in contemporary society.

X-Rated: The Sex Industry In the ACT is now showing at the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

WARNING : some material displayed in this exhibition may cause offence.
For visitors 18 years and over.

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