sex·​ploi·​ta·​tion ˌseks-ˌplȯi-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce sexploitation (audio)
: the exploitation of sex in the media and especially in film

Examples of sexploitation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An ode to 1980s sexploitation and horror, MaXXXine completes Ti West’s trilogy starring Mia Goth. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Kitten Natividad, who brought audacity and ample physical attributes to some of the final films of Russ Meyer, whose over-the-top sexploitation movies acquired a certain cachet in some quarters and influenced John Waters, Quentin Tarantino and other directors, died on Sept. 24 in Los Angeles. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 5 Oct. 2022 Is this posthumous sexploitation? Tom Nolan, WSJ, 11 June 2021 Indie filmmaker Mike White, The White Lotus producer-writer-director, follows HBO’s sexploitation formula. Armond White, National Review, 10 Feb. 2023 The most famous is Tinto Brass’s notorious sexploitation movie Salon Kitty (1976), a crass collage of perversities, based on Peter Norden’s semifictional best seller of the same name, published six years earlier. David Motadel, The New York Review of Books, 7 Sep. 2022 In each biweekly segment, Olsen would highlight a bad movie — usually a direct-to-video horror, science fiction or sexploitation movie — highlighting the absurdities of each film. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Feb. 2022 But is Fontaine playing at the sexploitation satire of Russ Meyer? Armond White, National Review, 27 Aug. 2021 The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus is turning the Russ Meyer sexploitation classic Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill! Bethy Squires, Vulture, 24 May 2021

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Word History


blend of sex and exploitation

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sexploitation was in 1924

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“Sexploitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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