Re: Challenged videos
Mon, 22 Sep 1997 15:21:30 +0000

> I've been watching the titles of so-called controversial videos and
> wondering why no one has mentioned human sexuality videos. I doubt
> any feature film title could be any more explicit. How do all of you
> handle these titles?


Good point. In my article for LJ, I bring up the fact that whenever I
do a talk at a library conference, I always perform this experiment:
first I ask how many people own (or try to keep on the shelves) "The
Joy of Sex" (the book). Nearly 100% of the hands shoot up. Then I ask
how many people own the video equivalent, and nearly 100% of the
raised hands come back down. I think there are a couple factors
operating here: 1) much of what's released as sexual instruction is
really little more than hardcore porn with droning narration (we're
reviewing some new titles in our next issue that I haven't watched
yet), and 2) a lot of these companies don't actively solicit the
library market, and what is out of sight is often out of mind from a
collection development standpoint (unfortunately, this is also true
of a lot of other video categories, as well--how many libraries are
actively collecting music/concert videos? I have to ask for review
copies, so I know they're not being sent to review pubs
automatically). If Irene Wood from "Booklist" is out there, she might
have some additional thoughts on this...

Randy Pitman
Video Librarian
3672 NE Liverpool Dr.
Bremerton WA 98311
(800) 692-2270