Today in Porno : ‘Even Porn Needs Style’

Style rules, that is.

A former copy editor for Hustler gave a presentation on ‘What it’s like to edit at Hustler magazine’ at the 2012 conference of the American Copy Editors [sic] Society (in New Orleans!). The conference’s blog has a brief write-up, linked above. If you click through, you’ll learn that Hustler‘s stylebook prefers ‘porn’ to ‘porno’, and ‘girl-next-door’ to ‘girl next door’, inter alia.

But the main story here is not in the semi-prurient content of the session and the write-up: It’s in the mainstreaming of pornography — the trend that made this presentation at a professional conference thinkable at all (even if the conference is in New Orleans).

(Can anyone suggest a less curmudgeonly note on which to end this post?)

Comments

  1. Churchill says

    What do former employees look like?

  2. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  3. Sure. You could end it with something about how the copy editor is also in charge of correcting the misspellings on the girls’ tattoos (“Beleve in you’re dreams” is an especially heartbreaking tramp stamp). Or something about how now we know that at least one person reads the articles in Hustler, even if Hustler has to pay him to do it. Or something about Hustler the print edition still existing, and whether or not it now counts as a fetish to want to consume porn in magazine form. I could go on all day, alas.

  4. Jonathan Webb says

    The Korrektiv at its best. Thanks.

  5. Jonathan Potter says

    You could have pointed out the curious parallels with another conference paper lately presented in New Orleans.

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