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ERIC Number: ED099867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 8
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Hester Prynne and Linda Lovelace: Pure or Prurient.
Berger, Gertrude
A June 21, 1973, Supreme Court ruling yielded jurisdiction in matters of obscenity to individual communities and the decision as to what is prurient to"contemporary community standards." This ruling leaves the courts in the powerful position of surgeon, judge, film critic, and arbiter of community taste. An analysis of past court cases involving obscenity in the arts (i.e., "The Scarlet Letter,""Ulysses," etc.) illustrates the problems and dangers of such trials which have resulted in mass book burnings and seizures. The language of the ruling is inexcusably vague: what are the criteria for determining the meanings of words such as "community" and "prurient?" In addition, since all of the decisions rendered by the Supreme Court on obscenity have been arrived at by males, these decisions wrongly assume that what is of prurient interest to men can be applied to women. There are clear indications that an assault on intellectual freedom will accompany the search for the obscene. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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