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Obscenity

Should obscenity be banned?

What's is obscenity?

Definition:

Obscenity:The Character or quality of being obscene
Obscene: Disgusting, repulsive, depraved

Wider definition

  • Can food be obscene?
  • If one person finds some thing obscene and another doesn't, is it obscene?
  • If its obscene in one state outlawing it, shouldn't it be obscene in all states?

Types

Seems the most common one is material depicting children in a sexual nature. Hard to get consistency on others.

Genus

Obscenity is a form of behaviour.

The case for banning obscenity


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"Obscenity -- Which even we cannot define with precision is a hodge possible. To send men to jail for violating standards they cannot understand, construe and apply is a monstorous thing to do in a nation dedicated to fair trails and due process."

   --  Ayn Rand

What's wrong with Obscenity?

Summary

"This could include images of extreme sexual activity such as bestiality, necrophilia, rape or torture."
But these are illegal acts in them-self, so this is already punishable.

Types of punishable offences

  • Possessing and intending to sell it 
  • Mailing it
  • Transporting it 
  • Broadcasting it
  • Being in business to sell or transfer it 
  • Transferring it to minors

The case against banning obscenity  

Censorship is futile

Consistency

  • Alaska
  • Maine
  • New Mexico
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia

Responsibility

Alternatives

What next?

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