PRINT September 1988


The News and Its Pictures

THESE ARE THE OUTLINES and accessories of transgression: an empty chair, a paper cup, and a used condom discarded surreptitiously in shame and disgust on the carpet next to the chair. A hanky furtively swiped across the shriveled member. A jogging suit with easy frontal access. And a woman who was badly paid to perform a series of naughty poses and meager costumings. A woman with a memory that had recorded, in seemingly exacting detail, the verbal commands given and obediently obeyed, perhaps because they were so simple and pathetic. Down goes another televangelist, Jimmy Swaggart this time, a multimillion-dollar gilded goose slaughtered on the altar of voyeurism, masturbation, dirty words, and short-term motel rentals.

Oh sure, it’s easy to say in hindsight that it all makes sense. These taunting, prancing preachers, these wailing maws of money lust—it stands to reason that they are

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