n Journal for Contemporary History - Pornographers, prudes and politics : a history of the 1996 Film and Publication Act and the dawn of liberty

Volume 29, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



An excess of explicit pornographic videos, raunchy underwear, an assortment of sex toys and kinky leather accessories are just some of the merchandise one can buy at the porn shop in Cape Town's historic Plein Street. With its blackened windows and tacky nameplate to boot, it is a scene familiar to most South African urbanites. The only difference is that this particular porn shop is situated directly opposite Parliament.

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