notes on obscenity

ben goertzel

obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment, Miller v. California, 
413 U.S. 15, 93 S. Ct. 2607 (1973), sale or distribution of obscene 
material, $3,000 fine for a first offense, and up to two years in jail 
and a $10,000 fine for a second or subsequent should no longer be viewed 
as a victimless crime.  It was the voice of a young man in his late 
twenties whom I had counseled, his penis was marred by small warts and 
he had a terrible time with exhibitionism, approached people on a picnic 
in a park by dropping on the path in front of them from a tree sans 
pants.  There is mounting evidence that sexually oriented businesses 
are, as described earlier in this report, often associated with 
furthermore, as discussed previously, when there is no prosecution of 
obscenity, large cash profits prove that material is obscene, a 
prosecutor must prove: (i) that the average person, applying 
contemporary community standards would find that the work, taken as a 
whole, appeals to the prurient interest in sex (the analytical 
procedures); (ii) that the work depicts sexual conduct …in a patently 
offensive manner; and (iii) that the work, taken as a whole, was also 
promiscuous and so his wife was at her wits end and had all of it she 
could take.  Qua qua qua qua.   Now, a couple years after his divorce, 
he was calling me from way across the country with yet another sad 
tale to tell. He had read in a magazine that it was fun and enhancing 
to your relationship to "share" your mate with another man. It had 
backfired on him when his girlfriend told him to go away because 
she wanted to be with the other guy exclusively.   He told me "It 
wasn't at all like what they described in the magazine, it was 
horrible!"   To be sure, to be fucking sure.   Prosecutors are generally 
not aware that the cult of the prostitute is one of the me (sacred 
treasures) given to the Sumerian goddess Inanna by her father Enki, 
the god of wisdom. When Inanna takes the me back to the city of 
Uruk in the boat of heaven, the people turn out in droves to cheer in 
gratitude. A hymn to Inanna which describes the people of Sumer 
parading before her says, "The male prostitutes comb their hair 
before you. They decorate the napes of their necks with colored 
scarves. They drape the cloak of the gods about their shoulders."  
They include inadequate training in this specialized area of law, 
attempts by defense attorneys to remove jurors who find 
pornography offensive, the offering into evidence of polls and 
surveys through expert testimony to prove tolerant, in the case such 
as that of another young man I had counseled who first told me that 
he had witnessed an occultic ritual murder.  Alan E. Sears, former 
executive director of the U.S. Attorney General's Commission on 
Pornography has stated:  "In a better world, virgins and novices 
would probably resort to prostitutes who specialized in rituals of 
initiation and education. A talented sex worker could introduce 
brand new players to all of their sexual options, show them 
appropriate ways to protect themselves from conception or disease, 
and teach them the skills they need to please more experienced 
partners. This is a sensible antidote to the traumatic rite of passage 
that losing your cherry often is today."