Don’t Polarize the Fight against Porn

Cast members of a new production of the musical Oklahoma! during rehearsals at the Royal National Theatre in 1998. (Rosie Hallam/PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
It’s no coincidence that Oklahoma!, a musical of youthful heartiness, is anti-porn.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n 1958, Oscar Hammerstein told Mike Wallace that Oklahoma!, the hit musical he wrote with Richard Rodgers, “has no particular message except that it has a flavor which infects the people who see it. It’s gaiety. Oklahoma! is youth and irresponsible and not-very-intellectual heartiness in life.”

It’s no coincidence that a musical of youthful heartiness is anti-porn.

Oklahoma!, which opened on Broadway in 1943, is set in 1906, when Oklahoma was still a territory. The western territories in the late 1800s and early 1900s were prime markets for pornographers. The people most likely to uproot their lives and move west at the

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