05 September 2014

Friday is the (Inspirational) Movie Night: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)


For when you get tired of debating sex work policies, pondering on your views on porn and other types of adult entertainment - no, we are not having that discussion now - watch the most light-hearted sex work themed movie ever (at least from what I've seen): The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982, Colin Higgins).

It's pure US-made kitsch as only the 1980's were able to do it replete with cowboy dance numbers, songs and *good, clean fun* in the brothel run by the icon, the one and only Dolly Parton who gets in trouble because of religious bigots.

Leaving aside the whole sex work debate (do it someplace else), the strong points of the movie are:

+ A female entrepreneur fighting for her business and employees.

+ Two adults having a non-traditional form of organizing their romantic and sexual lives, which they are pressured to do because of the social perceptions of proper behviour.

+ A very precise depiction of the double standards of the crusaders for morality...

+ The chemistry between Dolly and Burt Reynolds is abundant, oh! uh!, fun to watch actors that 'click' doing the romance scenes.

+ An overall light and fun attitude towards sex and sexuality.

+ Who would have thought that this cheesy piece came from a movie centered around sex work?

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