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Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere$
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Anna Westerstahl Stenport and Arne Lunde

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474438056

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438056.001.0001

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I Am Curious (Yellow) as Sex Education in the USA

I Am Curious (Yellow) as Sex Education in the USA

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(p.319) 24. I Am Curious (Yellow) as Sex Education in the USA
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Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere
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Saniya Lee Ghanoui

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438056.003.0024

This chapter explores I Am Curious (Yellow) and the public’s response during its first box office run in the United States. It argues that the film functioned as a non-normative form of sex education, and that the U.S. government wanted to censor it swiftly not because it was pornographic, but precisely because it was deemed not to be. In other words, the film presented itself as a creative pseudo-documentary endeavor while the U.S. interpreted it as obscene and tasteless; the film pushed the definitions of what is and is not documentary and informational film. I place I Am Curious (Yellow) in the historical canon of internationally (in)famous Swedish sex education films, the most notable example being Language of Love (Ur kärlekens språk).I Am Curious (Yellow) was the first of several films that further blurred the line between sex education and pornography on an international scale.

Keywords:   sex education, pornography, Sweden, Censorship, Obscenity, documentary, United States

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