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18/December 2014 StorErotica.com was like to come of age in the Deep Throat era. SE recently spoke with Kristin to get the background info that surrounded her decision to write the book, as well as her own personal stance on the trial and the effects it had on herself and on the adult industry as a whole. SE: What initially prompted you to write a memoir surrounding your father's role in the Deep Throat case? BATTISTA-FRAZEE: It started with a desire to learn about my family's history. During my research I saw the documentary film Inside Deep Throat, and it was gripping for me because it touched upon some of the things my father encountered while distributing the film. There's a scene that scans over a court paper and my father's name is visible among all the people indicted. This really hit home for me. Many people know the story about Deep Throat's actors and the film makers and its impact on our culture, but the impact on my family was an untold story. I was the girl next door whose family was living a normal life until it was upended as a result of the federal prosecution of this movie. SE: Were you surprised about any of your findings on the case or your father's role in the case? BATTISTA-FRAZEE: What surprised me the most was that the government went to such great lengths to prosecute a movie that today would be no big deal, and that there was so much fear about the film's impact. I'm also amazed that there is still a great deal of angst around sex and pornography but yet, at the same time, sex is so out there in our culture. SE: How do you feel your father and the Deep Throat trial as a whole has effected the adult industry as we know it today? BATTISTA-FRAZEE: I think the Deep Throat trial created this national conversation about pornography, sexuality, morality and free speech and laid part of the legal groundwork for the unsuccessful prosecution of obscenity cases in the future. The result of this trial did nothing to stop the adult industry growth, even though those prosecuted were found guilty. Because my father and his partners fought these legal battles, even when they didn't have to, it made the expansion of the brick and mortar retail business possible. It's also remarkable that my father was able to guide the stores through over 40 years of transitions in the adult industry from theater to video store to adult novelty boutique shop. SE: What kind of impact did the trial have on you personally? BATTISTA-FRAZEE: Deep Throat opened peoples' minds to imagine female and male sexuality as being equivalent, and striving for this equality made women fearless and influenced fighting for equality in the workplace, access to birth control, the legalization of abortion and a host of other issues. The past legal actions against pornography have influenced my views on free speech and how important it is. We're not all going to agree with each other's viewpoints or with what's obscene, but we live in a country where it's important to exercise our free speech rights. SE: Do you feel that your father and the others involved in the case get the recognition they deserve today for what they ultimately did for the adult industry? BATTISTA-FRAZEE: No, I don't. My father and his business partners may have not produced, starred or directed the movie Deep Throat or are as famous as Larry Flynt or Hugh Hefner, but they fought the same battles with less resources and star power. They quietly were behind the scenes trying to survive and do what they believed was right. For more information on Kristin Battista-Frazee and her memoir, please visit Kristinbattistafrazee.com. continued from page 17 "Many people know the story about Deep Throat's actors and the film makers and its impact on our culture, but the impact on my family was an untold story. I was the girl next door whose family was living a normal life until it was upended as a result of the federal prosecution of this movie." SE Kristin with her father (and mother) in the 1970s

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