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By Shane Dingman

Porno. Porno. Pornogprahy. Skin-mags. Smut.

Whatever it be called, porn is an $11 billion recreation industry in North America, and Toronto has its fair share of sex shops.

Go into a porn shop on Yonge Street and it’s a bombardment of juvenile language, bawdy poses and exposed flesh. There’s old-school classy porn (Mayfair, Penthouse, Playboy), new wave flashy porn (High Society, Cheri, Club International), plain smut (Adam, Screw, Hustler), fetish porn (Buff-obese nudes, Leggs, Ass Masters), gay and bisexual porn. No really scary stuff is legal in Canada.

Glenn Carter, who works at Video X, Magazines and Novelties, says people come in once in a while and try to sell some of the violent or child pornography that Canada made illegal in 1992. “I don’t like that stuff so I phone the cops on ‘em,” he says. I’ve stolen glances at the top shelf of the magazine rack at convenience stores. Magazine covers with airbrushed maidens and headlines like “DOUBLE DYKE DILDO SHOVE FEST” or “PORNO PUSSY FLESH SPIT SWAP.” Porno is all over the place… but what’s it like? So I went to the store and looked around with my friend Melanie. After much deliberation, we thought we’d test Playboy and Sex Starved Nasty Girls.

Playboy had a three page pictorial of O.J. juror Tracy Hampton.

There were six pictures of her in various stages of peeling out of classy clothes with a picturesque mansion as a backdrop. The playmate was a tad raunchier, but in the end we concluded that Playboy sells interviews and sensuality.

Sex Starved Nasty Girls is a totally different kind of mag. It features low-budget sets, one costume (if that) and hundreds of photos.

No names, no talking, just excruciatingly impossible angles, inviting looks, splayed legs, clashing makeup and bodily fluids. SSNG sells smutty porn. Nasty Girls had 197 cheap raunchy photos, Playboy had 42 very slick and sensual pictures.

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