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Sex and Presidential Politics

Cover of Hustler magazine November 1980 "Special Political Issue"

Just in time for the upcoming elections, The Kinsey Institute offers a glimpse of presidential politics from adult and underground media sources from its unique and rich collections.
Featuring magazines, tabloids, newspapers and newsletters from the later half of the 20th century, this exhibit reveals a different  perspective on the elections - sometime humorous, and often out of sight from that of the mainstream media.  

Cover of Playgirl magazine November 1977 with woman sitting at Oval Office desk

With a circulation of roughly 6 or 7 million adult subscribers, magazines such as Penthouse, Playboy, Playgirl, Hustler and Screw appealed to their readers as potential voters around the presidential election months.   These adult media publishers contributed to electoral politics through headlines, editorials, political satires, interviews, covers and cartoons. 

Gay Rights awareness ad from 1980 "Gay Vote '80"

This exhibit of adult media and items highlights primary source materials in The Kinsey Institute library and art collection for scholars and researchers exploring all factors and forces that shape U.S. electoral politics. 

"Sex and Presidential Politics" is part of the Indiana University Libraries’ “Politics and Presidents: A Month-Long Celebration of Archives and Special Collections.”

The exhibit runs from September 29, 2008 to January, 23, 2009 at The Kinsey Institute, Morrison Hall, with a reception from 5-7 pm on September 26. The reception is sponsored by Indiana University Libraries. Exhibit hours are weekdays from 2 pm to 4 pm.



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