-> '''Willow:''' ''Witches: Historic Roots to Modern Practices'', checked out by Alexander Harris.
-> '''Buffy:''' ''The Pagan Rites'', checked out by Alexander Harris.
-> '''Xander:''' Alright, alright, it's not what you think.
-> '''Willow:''' You like to look at the semi-nude engravings?
-> '''Xander:''' I guess it is what you think.
-->--''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E3TheWitch The Witch]]"

There are some things that everyone needs from time to time. Quite apart from food, shelter and love... [[FreudWasRight they need]] UsefulNotes/{{porn|ography}}. Unfortunately, it's not always so easy to come by, even as an adult -- maybe it's a more straitlaced era where pornography is uncommon or hard to come by even for the most resourceful people (or maybe you can come by it, but you can't talk about it on television!) Or maybe the urge, shall we say, has only just set in and there's no actual pornography nearby. What to do?

The obvious answer is "find something that's almost as good and work with that". After all, if it works, it works. There are three main variants of this trope.

'''Educational Porn''': Thanks to NationalGeographicNudity, something containing nude or scantily clad people that is intended for cultural or educational purposes can be co-opted for titillation. ''National Geographic'' magazines are the most commonly cited here, for obvious reasons. Never mind that the photo subjects have no reason to adhere to Western standards of beauty (resulting in birthing hips, floppy breasts, etc.); a 13-year-old boy is generally not picky when the ''urge'' is upon him. Similarly, workout tapes with scantily clad women, sporting events, nudist magazines and marital "how-to" guides also fall into this category, and were even sometimes slyly marketed as "legitimate porn" in the past.

'''Advertising Porn''': Because SexSells, advertising is usually full of slightly erotic and suggestive images -- so why not make use of that? While there's no nudity, lingerie catalogues and similar can be used for somewhat more sexual purposes than they ([[GettingCrapPastTheRadar supposedly]]) were intended. Actually, in some countries with more relaxed attitudes than the Anglo-Saxon world, advertising ''may'' feature nudity. This sometimes leads to the phenomenon of English-language TV shows about the weirdness of foreign advertising -- which can feature healthy doses of {{Fanservice}}.

'''Scrambled Porn''': Mostly seen in shows from the 1980s, as newer technology has made it obsolete, a character will try to make out a pay-per-view television program that has been scrambled with Video Cipher. It is often pointed out that the program they're watching turns out to be entirely innocuous.

Still TruthInTelevision. Before the Internet rose in the 1990's - 2000's, there was a real social and physical barrier up between the average person and pornography. You actually had to go to a porn store (newstands had softer stuff, like ''{{Playboy}}'') to buy it, or get a catalog from which you could order it. Many people were worried to the point of paranoia that their work or church would get word that their car was seen in the parking lot of the seedy adult bookstore, or someone would see them buy ''Playboy'' at the tobacco store. And if that's how much trouble the adults had, the teens surely had it worse -- usually having to locate their parents' PornStash when no one was home.

Times have changed because TheInternetIsForPorn, and anybody with a connection can see as much porn as they like, making this a largely ForgottenTrope. Although Internet censorship is turning this into a CyclicTrope. What has changed is the price. It used to be you not only had to go somewhere to get porn; but it was expensive, too. Nowadays anyone can have a collection that dwarfs their parents/grandparents stashes - in an evening - and all fitting on an easily-stashed USB key.

Subtrope of the ClosestThingWeGot. A SuperTrope to NationalGeographicNudity. A SisterTrope to FetishFuel (also getting turned on by something not directly porn).

Compare IReadItForTheArticles.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* In ''TwistedToyfareTheatre'', one of Dr. Doom's evil plans involved intercepting the Fantastic Four's mail just so Reed Richards wouldn't be able to get off on awkward tribal totty in ''National Geographic''.
* Subverted in ''FoxTrot'': Roger thinks Jason is growing up after he comes home from a garage sale with an armful of ''National Geographic''s. After all, why else would a young boy want them? As it turns out, the [[ProudToBeAGeek geeky Jason and Marcus]] [[IReadItForTheArticles want them for the articles]], in particular the Apollo 11 issue.
-->'''Jason:''' "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything And check out the moon map centerfold...]]"
* There was an article in ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'', where one of the captions showed a kid jerking off to ''National Geographic''. All we see of the magazine is the cover: "TRIBAL WOMEN".
* [[CalvinAndHobbes Hobbes]] once mentions checking out the hot tigress babes on the ''National Geographic'' covers.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''The Strawberry Statement'' movie: "Do you remember that... ''National Geographic'' you have in your back room? Yeah, well this one is a white version of page 43."
* In the 2010 film version of ''{{Kick-Ass}}'', the protagonist is initially a nerd who is ignored by the female populace of the school and, in his own words, 'easily excitable', so ''National Geographic'' is, as shown, enough for his tastes then.
* In ''{{Porkys}}'' one of the character is seen to use ''National Geographic'' to "kick start" his member for his daily measuring routine...
* In ''{{Grandmas Boy}}'', Alex uses a [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] action figure as visual stimulation while staying over at his friend's house due to not having access to anything better.
* In ''{{Bernie}}'', the prosecutor observes that Bernie subscribes to a men's fitness magazine without being very athletic himself.
** Historically, fitness and sport publications have been [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar a source for beefcake porn]] for men in homophobic cultures.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Mark Twain's ''TomSawyer'' directly invokes this when the eponymous character finds his girlfriend peeking into technical literature on anatomy belonging to the teacher, which was notable as this kind of literature was outlawed ''[[MoralGuardians exactly because]] of this trope'' (well, as the book is set in a mid-19th century Missouri village, it is [[TruthInTelevision completely]] [[JustifiedTrope justified]]).
* In David Klass's ''You Don't Know Me'', John appears to be using the ''National Geographic'' for this purpose (when he actually just happened to flip to that page). His mother just shrugs it off and says that it's normal, but her boyfriend is considerably less understanding.
* In the ''Literature/RedDwarf'' novel "Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers" Rimmer calls out his double on their habit of being aroused by pictures of Renaissance paintings.
* The Morris Gleitzman book ''The Other Facts of Life'' references this trope at the beginning. Ben's mother finds a National Geographic magazine, complete with a barebreasted tribeswoman picture, in his bedroom, and insists that his father talk to him about sex, since such a magazine in a 12-year-old's bedroom "can only mean one thing". It turns out that Ben is puzzled by her insistence that it must be sexual, as he has been preoccupied with the idea of third world hunger.
* In ''Colin the Librarian: The Chronicles of Ancient Threa - Volume 3 or Maybe 4'' by Rich Parsons, Colin sees the main perk of working at the library being access to ''National Geographic''.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' mentions this one a few times - Radar talks about how his Uncle Ed used to punish him for looking at the nude tribeswomen in ''National Geographic''. Most of Hawkeye's mail for the first few seasons consists of different nudist magazines.
** When Hawkeye and Trapper are leaving for R&R in Tokyo, Henry tells them to stop at a bookshop where he's ordered some old Japanese prints under an assumed name. ("Some things never change, if you get my drift.")
* Referenced in ''{{Frasier}}'': Frasier talks about sharing a room with Niles and being kept up all night by the latter's looking at ''National Geographic''s under the bedcovers. When Niles asserts he was only looking at the maps, Frasier replies that this is what made it so weird.
* An episode of ''MarriedWithChildren'' had the librarian trying to seduce Bud by [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn getting him hot]]. When he studied in the library, she'd recommend books with the sexiest nudes and mark the pages as what he should study. Predictably, he's caught having ADateWithRosiePalms and nearly gets expelled for it.
* One episode of ''{{Friends}}'' mentions this: Joey is giggling at a ''National Geographic'' magazine, and Chandler asks him if he's looking at the naked tribeswomen. As it turns out, he's looking at a pig.
* ''Series/ChappellesShow'' presented a ParodyCommercial for ''Third World Girls Gone Wild''; the video was a documentary film of topless tribeswomen performing a presumably traditional dance.
** In a similar vein, ''SaturdayNightLive'' had a ParodyCommercial for a homemade DVD featuring The Shake Weight that guys can watch as if it were porn (the Shake Weight is real, but it's probably not intended to titillate in that fashion).
* Referenced in a season five episode of ''{{Oz}}'', when Ryan O'Reily is talking about Hawaii in the drug rehabilitation group, explaining that he read about the well-endowed women in "National Pornographic", with the impressive full-colour photographs.
** Also the inmates favourite program is the children's TV show "Miss Sally's Schoolyard", because Miss Sally has large breasts.
* In one episode of ''{{Bottom}}'', Richie and Eddie get into an argument about [[ItsNotPornItsArt whether or not the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is pornography.]] Attempting to prove it is, Eddie pulls out their art history book with a picture of the ceiling in it - and finds it falls open to the exact page:
--> '''Richie''': How dare you accuse me of masturbating!
--> '''Eddie''': Who said anything about masturbating?
--> '''Richie''': You did, just then!
--> '''Eddie''': I did not, I just said it's odd how it always falls open at that precise page!
--> '''Richie''': Yes, you did, and the reason you said that is because you know that's the picture I always look at when I'm having a w-[stops himself a second too late]
* An episode of ''BlackBooks'' features an [[ArousedByTheirVoice audio version]] of this, with a subplot basically involving Fran having ADateWithRosiePalms while listening to the Shipping Forecast because she finds the voice of the man who was delivering it that evening irresistibly arousing.
* In an early ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' episode, it's revealed that Xander regularly checks out rare occult books on witches "to look at the semi-nude engravings".
* ''Series/TheDoctorBlakeMysteries'': In "Death of a Travelling Salesman", the presence of a large stack of bodybuilding magazines is taken as evidence that the victim was homosexual. (The show is set in the 1950s and bodybuilding magazines were the closest thing to gay porn available.)

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The refrain of "The Bad Touch" by the BloodhoundGang mentions acting out the animal mating scenes in nature programs that originally aired on the DiscoveryChannel (and since moved to sister channel AnimalPlanet).
* "The Real Slim Shady" by {{Eminem}} quotes a line from "The Bad Touch" implying that said nature programs can be used for this purpose. Which, [[FridgeBrilliance when you think about it]], explains [[FurryFandom quite a few things...]]

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''{{Exalted}}'' has Regent Fokuf, the PuppetKing of the Realm, spending his private time jacking off to the holy texts of the Immaculate Order. It's basically the equivalent of reading Literature/TheBible and indulging one's self to the Song of Solomon.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* The WebSite/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses group review had WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic getting off to George Takei's biography.
* From ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20941_the-5-most-unexpected-things-about-life-at-guantanamo-bay.html The 5 Most Unexpected Things About Life at Guantanamo Bay]]: "This isn't to say that no one wanted that magazine for its own merits. Once a guy asked, 'Hey, in National Geographic I hear they have ... boobs, yes?'"

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad!'', Stan shows Steve an anti-masturbation film to keep him from touching himself. In the video, a young boy is home alone and can't decide what to do. He finds a copy of National Geographic with the headline "Women of the Bush" and walks into the bathroom with it, so it's quite clear what he's doing in there.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisandButthead'' where the titular duo become magaizne telemarketers, during their interview, Butthead asks if they'll be selling adult magazines. Beavis gives the example of National Geographic.

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[[folder: Other ]]

* RobinWilliams - in ''Live On Broadway'' he asserts this was the case for him.
* DaveBarry also referenced the phenomenon.
* RussellBaker asserts this is the reason why knowledge of geography is on the decline - back in the day, ''NationalGeographic'' was all they had, so some real knowledge was picked up on the way.
* According to Encyclopedia Dramatica, Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} is filling this void in the modern era - after all, someone who walks in suddenly is less likely to be bothered by you looking up something on Wikipedia than by seeing a porn website. However, since Wikipedia is not censored, it still contains a fair amount of NSFW material that can do the job. Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger has written an essay [[http://larrysanger.org/2012/05/what-should-we-do-about-wikipedias-porn-problem/ accusing Wikipedia of having a "porn problem"]].
** Wikimedia Commons is even worse/better, depending on your view. TheOtherWiki has roughly five images per article, Commons is ''nothing'' but images.
** Several jurisdictions reportedly prohibited unsupervised access to Wikipedia for minors at schools just for that reason.
** Cracked had something to say about this with its [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-6-most-terrifying-sex-illustrations-wikipedia/ 6 Most Terrifying Sex Illustrations on Wikipedia]] (Mostly work safe).
* For anyone with surfing behind a filter, DeviantART may also fit the bill. Why else would the "artistic nude" pieces get so much attention?
* Comedian Tony Martin - in his book ''A Nest of Occasionals'' he recounts the time that he and his step brother found some of the same National Geographics in the school library their parents had bought for them and, upon comparing them, were horrified to find that for several years their mum had been removing the pages which had any pictures of naked tribal women on them.
* Sex ed pamphlets and some anatomy books can have moderately explicit images. In some books, the diagrams of various human systems are superimposed on a photorealistic image or even actual photograph of a naked woman.
** Teenage boys often noted that in sex ed textbooks a picture of a man's sex organs are fully rendered and detailed, while a woman's are usually rendered with a diagram of the uterus and fallopian tubes, often in cross-section. While partially justified - a woman's organs ''are'' on the inside - this was probably trying to avert becoming Poor Man's Porn. If a drawing of a vagina from the outside was shown, the labia (the "lips") were almost never shown spread apart to see the parts. This has changed, and any teenager with an internet connection can see a picture of an open vagina on Wikipedia.
** Along the lines of trying to avert this trope, the instructions of how to apply a tampon are often the most simple line drawings possible. Yes, teenage boys have checked in the instructions from the box in the bathroom.
* ''NationalGeographic'' themselves acknowledged this trope in their 1988 centennial issue.
* Ever wonder why there are so many fitness videos released before the 1980's? Its not because people want to be fit.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fanart: Rinnosuke finally realizes why [[PettingZooPeople Wriggle]] [[MeaningfulName Nightbug]] was so interested in [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/1068228/ a field guide to insects]].
* Reportedly, 24-hour sports channels that focus on gymnastics are very popular in Turkey, because erotic channels are banned.
* Singer Bob Geldof, in the book of the TV series ''Geldof In Africa'', refers to childhood memories of how Africa was portrayed to him as a youngster... including the fact that the NationalGeographic gave him the first pictures of naked women amongst its inhabitants- despite the otherwise strictly Catholic educational establishment he was attending, they let it fly because the NationalGeographic was ''educational!''.
* Matt Stopera reports that [[WaterPolo men's water polo]] is popular with [[AllWomenAreLustful women]] ''and'' [[AllGaysArePromiscuous gay men]] on his blog and he and those who commented explain why [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/things-to-love-about-mens-water-polo here]] and Braxton [[http://braxtonssportsblogaboutsports.com/2012/08/10/underwater-speedo-soccer draws a comparison]] between the sport and gay fetish porn. the Meanwhile on ''Sunrise On 7'', in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m83m6GlRmcc#t=0m20s this segment]] on the Australian men's water polo team at the [[OlympicGames 2012 London Olympics]], Edwima Barthowmew [[HoYay cheerfully compares]] the sport to the [[http://jezebel.com/a-brief-history-of-homoeroticism-and-denial-in-the-ol-1517740220 Ancient]][[http://www.psmag.com/culture/actually-vladimir-putin-the-olympics-are-pretty-gay-64602 Greek Olympics]].
* Most of the men's exercise magazines including ''Beach Adonis'', ''Face and Physique'', ''Muscle Boy'', ''Men's Workout'' and ''Exercise for Men Only'' are popular with gay men for this very reason.

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[[folder:Advertising Porn]]

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''The Devil's Playground'', schoolboys are seen ogle lingerie ads in a newspaper. The film takes place at a very strict high school seminary where the boys aren't even allowed to bathe naked. One of the monks who teaches says that with all the rules, they've turned the dictionary and ''Readers Digest'' into dirty books.
* Ben Stiller's character uses lingerie ads during the infamous "hair gel" scene in ''TheresSomethingAboutMary''.
* The titular character in ''Meeting Daddy'' is a strict Baptist who disapproves of premarital sex, so he makes his daughter and the man she is engaged to sleep in separate rooms when the man comes to visit the family home in Georgia. The man becomes seriously sex-starved and starts fantasizing about all the things that turn him on; he mentions at one point to his fiancée that he's always had a fetish for old-fashioned bullet bras, and used to masturbate to pictures of women wearing them. As it happens, the fiancee's mother used to wear a bullet bra, and the girl slips it on under her blouse in the hopes that her boyfriend will notice. He does.
* In ''{{Adaptation}}'' Charlie Kaufman beats it to the picture of Susan Orlean on the back panel of her book ''TheOrchidThief''.
* In the Creator/AdamSandler film ''ThatsMyBoy'', Donnie masturbates to a photograph of his son's fiancee's grandmother as a young woman in a vintage swimsuit, when he cannot find anything else erotic to fuel his desire.
* In ''Film/SuperTroopers'', one of the highway patrolmen/main characters uses a salacious billboard as wanking fodder during his shift.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the ''Literature/LauraCaxton'' series, Laura uses this as TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: the vampire who's trying to kill her used to be, and psychologically still is, "a sad little man who used to jack off to the bra ads in the newspaper." She's trying to be insulting but instead [[AllMenArePerverts simply described about eighty percent of men]].
* In the business directory section of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' spin-off ''The Complete Ankh-Morpork City Guide'', there's a listing for a corsetry maker that mentions the full catalogue is available discreetly and contains "hundreds of GIRLS in corsets". Apparently, they've worked out where the primary market is.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''{{Friends}}'': Chandler comes to visit Rachel at work so he can take a peek at the most recent catalogues.
* ''TheLibrarians'' features Frances walking in on Terry, [[CaughtWithYourPantsDown caught with his pants down]], jerking off to bra ads in the newspaper.
* ''{{Seinfeld}}'': In ''The Contest'', George Costanza was caught with a copy of Glamour.
* One episode of ''MyWifeAndKids'' had junior escaping to the bathroom with increasingly supposedly non-sexual magazines, the height of which was an issue of a monthly cooking magazine. Cue euphemism filled explanation of just how a teenage boy can make that sexy.
* Lois from ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'' is pleased with Stevie's influence on her boys when she sees them reading a newspaper, unaware that they're looking at the underwear ads.
* On ''{{Cheers}}'', Norm subscribed to the Victoria's Secret Catalogue using the cunningly selected alias of 'Norma Peterson'.
* When Jeremy from ''PeepShow'' is giving a sperm sample, he is horrified to find there's no "reading material" to...er, help him along. Determined to be inventive, he rifles through his pockets and finds a £20 note, and proceeds to masturbate over a picture of ''the Queen''.
** In another episode, all he can find is a gaming magazine with a rather conservative picture of a "sexy hobbit" on the cover, around which he tries to construct an elaborate fantasy.
* In one episode of ''TheWire'', Landsman (who usually openly looks at much more dirty magazines at work) is seen perusing a Victoria's Secret catalogue. When asked why he made the change, he remarked, "Change of pace. They look pretty hot with their clothes on, too."
* In one episode of ''TheInbetweeners'', Jay masturbates in an old people's home over the problem pages in women's magazines (which he describes as "wanking gold"). Later, when he's been through them all (even having to wank over Fern Britton), he finds a black and white photograph of a woman in a bikini. HilarityEnsues.
* ''{{Bottom}}'' again: Richie repeatedly demonstrates a willingness to masturbate to anything with a picture of a woman in her underwear in it. He once attempted to impress a pair of lesbians by boasting he had a large collection of Freemans mail-order catalogues that "just flop open to the lingerie pages".
* In ''GenerationKill'', Evan Wright shows off a totally innocuous picture of his girlfriend back home. The other Marines promptly steal it and use it for recreation for the remainder of the tour.
** At one point Person even "pimps out" the photo in exchange for some batteries.
* [[BlackAdder Captain Blackadder]] uses a lingerie catalog.
-->" I've always been a soldier, married to the army. The book of King's Regulations is my mistress--possibly with a Harrod's lingerie catalogue discreetly tucked between the pages."

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* Similar to the ''CalvinAndHobbes'' example above, there's a ''GetFuzzy'' where Satchel quickly snags a magazine when the mail arrives and runs out of the room. Bucky comments, "''Field and Stream'': the Victoria's Secret Catalog for dogs." Whatever that means.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Ash from ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' admits to having used underwear catalogs the way any red-blooded American teenage boy would. Unfortunately, he finds out that [[{{Squick}} his mother is one of the models]]. More recently, he had a large stash of actual porn before his GenderBender situation [[RetGone replaced them with gender-flipped equivalents]].
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', [[http://questionablecontent.net./view.php?comic=1047 it emerged]] that Dora discovered that she was bisexual because of pictures of her boyfriend Marten's mother (who works as a fetish model).
-->'''Dora:''' I'm sorry! I was only fourteen! They were sexy and I didn't have access to any other erotica!

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Moe is forced to admit under a lie detector test that he's going home to "ogle the women in the Victoria's Secret catalogue". When this is flagged as yet another lie, he admits it's actually the Sears catalogue.
** [[StrawmanHasAPoint Which isn't all that shameful]], since Sears catalogues contain plenty of lingerie pictorials that are quite alluring (albeit in a "Main Street" sort of way).
* In one ''FamilyGuy'', when Stewie finally succeeds in derailing Peter and Lois' plans to conceive a fourth child (about twenty seconds after he stops trying), Peter takes a lingerie catalogue into the bathroom.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Cartman Sucks", Butters is taken to a religious camp for bi-curious boys with the intention of removing their non heterosexual tendencies. In one scene Butters' roommate is scolded by a counselor for having a men's underwear catalog from the 1980's hidden in his dorm room.

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[[folder: Other ]]

* Interestingly, one of the ways you could buy porn pre-Internet was by ordering a free catalog from a distributor and ordering it. This presented an interesting twist as sometimes ''the catalog itself turned into Poor Man's Porn''. The reason many of these catalogs were censored or pictures printed really tiny was not because of censorship laws, but they wanted people with the catalog to ''actually order stuff'', not just use the catalog.
* Creator/BrianPosehn mentions that a young boy can get off on anything, up to and including pictures of bras without women in them.
* Creator/ChrisRock wrote in his book ''Rock This!'' about his mother finding and disposing of his pornography collection when he was a kid. Needing a substitute, the best he could come up with was a box of Aunt Jemima pancake mix. He starts to fantasize about her being younger and more attractive...only for Uncle Ben jump from a box of rice and yell at him for trying to seduce his woman.
* RealLife - during Operation Desert Storm, soldiers were forbidden to possess pictures of scantily clad or nude women, so made do with more fully-clothed and covered models instead.
* From Travolta3335's Ace Idiot series: "Hmmm, that i looks kinda like a boob! I can work with this..."
* Many religious “kick-the-porn-habit” self-help books mention being turned on by lingerie ads. These books also have to walk a fine line because self help books usually tell stories so readers know they are not alone... but those stories can also be used for "poor man's erotic fiction", or "suggestions for poor mans porn".
* The January 1992 ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Mensa}} Mensa Bulletin]]'' cover became controversial due to its "pornographic" nature, with readers even writing in accusing the magazine of feeding their pornography addictions. The model was wearing a fairly modest negligee. Some Mensans later made fun of the discussion by complaining that one of the following covers, which was of flowers, was offensive because the flowers on the cover had their sexual organs showing.
* In one column, Creator/DaveBarry talks about taking the picture of a Native American girl on the front of a package of Land o' Lakes butter, cutting out the box of butter she's holding in front of her chest, folding it so that her knees show in the "window," and drawing crude nipples on the kneecaps so that it looks like her tunic is open and showing her breasts. Which totally works. OrSoIHeard....
* Many [[AllWomenAreLustful teenage girls and women]] like to look at the Abercrombie & Fitch catalog because of the naked guys in them.

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[[folder:Scrambled Porn]]
If you would like to get an idea of what this kind of scrambled porn looked like, here is a SafeForWork YouTube video of scrambled Discovery Channel here: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjTLF1wn2xs Scrambled Cable Channel]]. You can see how the occasional recognizable object would come into sight.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/AmericanPie'': In the opening sequence, Jim is caught by his parents trying to watch scrambled porn.
** Later, Oz mentions that "if there's a channel that should be illegal it's the 'all-woman's' channel -Lifetime supply of pantyhose or some shit." and Jim, that "[[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel, man. She's so hot!]]".
* Parodied in ''NotAnotherTeenMovie'' during the opening sequence when Janey is watching "She's all That". While not completely scrambled, it does look grainy and wavey.
** Watch in Spanish [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG_8-cQ-7Cc here]]

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''TheDrewCareyShow'' has an episode where Drew, Oswald, and Lewis try to to watch scrambled porn because Drew believes that the cable company will turn him in if he has both Cartoon Network and porn channels.
** It turns out it's the surgery channel they're watching, not the porn channel.
* Al and Bud try this in an episode of ''MarriedWithChildren'', turns out it was an elbow.
** When NO MAAM goes to Washington DC, the first thing Al does is have Ike unscramble the porn channel.
* In the VH1 Series ''I Love The 80's'', scrambled porn was mentioned:
-->“Masturbation by itself won’t make you go blind, but masturbating to scrambled porn just might.”
* Series/TheGoldbergs had this with Adam and Barry discovering a scrambled porn channel, and it becomes something of a bonding experience until they try to find a way to "fix" it...

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Referenced in ''Blog/GaijinSmash''.
* Though the primary point seems to be the violence rather than the porn, in one [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] Strong Bad, Coach Z, and Bubs watch a movie on scrambled cable. One line in the "movie" is a sexy-sounding female voice saying "Two underwears", implying that the porn is there nonetheless.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' reveals Moe is too cheap to unscramble the porn channel at his bar. It turned out to be an advertisement for shoe inserts.
-->'''Moe:''' I've been writing creepy letters to ''that''?
** One of the comics had Moe describe some superstitions, and he started claiming that a lucky shirt of his would help him get ''real'' lucky...before confessing that he'd end up at home watching scrambled porn. No confirmation whether it was the ad or not.
* Not surprisingly, ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' takes a stab at it. [[http://video.adultswim.com/robot-chicken/free-porn.html?cid=vplayer_robot-chicken_free-porn Watch here.]]

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Older television sets had a focus knob which the especially persistent masturbator could turn to bring more focus to the scramble - you never got a perfect picture, but could see more than a regular scramble.[[note]]Cue many tropers saying to themselves “I thought I was the only one who thought of that!”[[/note]] Unfortunately this required ''constant'' attention to keep up with the constantly changing screen - and usually using your dominant hand, too.
* MovieBob references this in his review of ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal''. He points out that the reason this movie was such a big deal was, back then, "boobs were really to see". Before the internet, if young men wanted access to nudity, they either had to steal Playboys from the least responsible male authority figure or use "tin foil and pie plates to unscramble Cinemax for a couple of seconds".
* [[TechnologyMarchesOn Technology eventually marched on]], and beginning in the very late 1980’s new televisions had a chip that recognized the scrambled signal and replaced it with a solid blue screen. (Not really a blue screen of death, but it certainly dashed hopes here and there.)
* However, it's not quite a DiscreditedTrope in the United Kingdom, given the [[{{StreisandEffect}} controversy surrounding opt-in filters for "adult" material.]]

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