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LEON GOLUB, UNDERCOVER AGENT

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I’d almost forgotten an episode of censorship that occurred with the publication in London of the second issue of ZG magazine, in 1980. The images under fire then were precisely the same as those arousing such controversy now in America: Robert Mapplethorpe’s. And since I was a party to this earlier censorship, being both editor and publisher of ZG, it seems worth reexamining my actions.

That particular issue was dedicated to examining the violent images of sexuality emerging throughout the late ’70s in film, fashion, art, and music. Perhaps it’s worth quoting from the editorial:

For some, the movement of S/M images into the mainstream of sexual representation is seen as a symptom of the decadence of consumer culture. Some see it as a vicious, male counteroffensive against the awareness of sexual stereotyping and role-playing inspired by the Women’s Movement. Still others see this depiction

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