A Quickie History of Sex in L.A. - CityThink - Los Angeles magazine
 
 

A Quickie History of Sex in L.A.

The sex offender registration law wasn't always in place, and Hustler wasn't always headquartered in L.A.

 
 
 
  

1891
Doctors open an “electro-magnetic” sex clinic downtown.

 

1924
“Petting Parties” inside parked automobiles are outlawed in South Gate.

 

1926
Edward Weston begins photographing nudes at his Glendale studio.

 

1930
Hollywood enforces the Hays Code; among the banned themes is “Sex perversion."

 

1942
The Ben Wa Novelty company opens in L.A. and begins selling popular “Geisha balls.”

 

1947
California becomes the first state to enact the sex offender registration law.

 

1952
JPL Rocket scientist and sex magic occultist Jack Parsons dies in an explosion in Pasadena.

 

1953
Ed Wood’s cross-dressing drama, Glen Or Glenda, hits theaters.

 

1961
The Pink Pussycat burlesque club and college of striptease opens on Santa Monica Boulevard.

 

1971
Deep Throat opens at the Pussycat theater.

 

1978
Larry Flynt moves Hustler’s headquarters to Los Angeles.

 

1982
The Playboy Channel goes on the air.

 

1988
A Glendale law requires “blinders” on adult magazines at newsstands.

 

1993
“Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss is arrested for operating a prostitution ring.

 

2010
An online survey reveals that 11% of users under 25 Say it’s OK to text during sex.

 

2013
The Los Angeles City Council rejects a controversial Project Runway billboard because it features nude models.

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