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s. pimpernel

Excellent article Greta. Because of these attitudes, lots of people go to jail for many years for looking at pictures.

nina hartley

Bang up job, as always, Greta!

I want to say the main reason the culture's long-standing fears about sex are still with us is that religious ignorance, hypocrisy and prejudice toward all things sexual are the basis for our laws and attitudes about sexual matters.


I've actually read the Miller v. California decision, which led to the community standards principle you mention. Though I consider myself quite liberal, I've long thought "well, I guess that makes sense". You've effectively pointed out that I need to rethink that position. You're point about the "otherwise...untenable" situation this creates is, I think, dead on.

Buck Fuddy

Another way in which sex is an exception is that a married guy can spend hours golfing or hunting with his buddies, and this is considered normal; but if he steps out for an hour and a half to get laid, his wife has grounds for divorce.

Pierce R. Butler

Izzat Jesse Helms + Wm. F. Buckley?


Laura Upstairs

I will say that the *other* exception is drugs - see the "Bong Hits for Jesus" case for example. When drugs are involved, or even mentioned, basic standards of free speech, privacy, and liberty go right out the window. Not to disagree with your statements around sex at all - just to say that there's at least one other area where we are sincerely fucked up as a culture.

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