In early 1979, a 116-ton boulder was about to fall off of a cliff onto the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California. Engineers got to work, closed the highway, yanked the rock down, then blew it up with dynamite.
Local sculptor Brett-Livingstone Strong saw opportunity in the rock. He paid $100 for a 12.5-ton chunk of it, then trucked it 30 miles east to Century City, where he carved a likeness of John Wayne. It was donated to Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas, where it now stands in the library.
Steinem has been a vehement critic of pornography, which she distinguishes from erotica: “Erotica is as different from pornography as love is from rape, as dignity is from humiliation, as partnership is from slavery, as pleasure is from pain.” Steinem’s argument hinges on the distinction between reciprocity versus domination. She writes, “Blatant or subtle, pornography involves no equal power or mutuality. In fact, much of the tension and drama comes from the clear idea that one person is dominating the other.” On the issue of same-sex pornography, Steinem asserts, “Whatever the gender of the participants, all pornography is an imitation of the male-female, conqueror-victim paradigm, and almost all of it actually portrays or implies enslaved women and master.”
“Is that you John Wayne? Is this me?”