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Freedom - ObscenityThe freedom to read is essential to the democratic way of life Buttoday that freedom is under attack Private groups and publicauthorities everywhere are working to remove both books and periodicalsfrom sale to exclude certain books from public schools to censor andsilence magazines and newspapers and to limit controversial books andperiodicals to the general public The suppression of reading materialsis suppression of creative thought Books and periodicals are not theonly ones being suppressed by pressures to the political and socialsystems They are also being brought against the educational systemfilms radio television and against the graphic and theatre arts However or whenever these attacksoccur they usually fall at least one of the following categories Religion War Peace Violence Sociology Race Language Drugs Sex Inappropriate Adolescent Behaviour What is Obscenity Clearly something hard to talk aboutconstructively Obscenity is difficult to discuss honestly After allwhat makes a thing obscene It is Something too vague perhaps to bedefined Its an elusive term we use but cant explain Differentpeople often see things differently Some see obscenity in nudepictures statues paintings etc While others find less obscenity inthese things All the same obscene isnt the same as wrong orbad Clearly obscenity is not identical with evil It only covers asingle segment of it But what is that segment A look at the wordsobscenity and pornography suggests
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