It's true that obscenity is a matter of taste and in the eye of the beholder.
Sex and obscenity are not synonymous.
Indecency, vulgarity, obscenity - these are strictly confined to man; he invented them. Among the higher animals there is no trace of them. They hide nothing. They are not ashamed.
I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material but I know it when I see it.
Obscenity is whatever happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate.
The ultimate obscenity is not caring, not doing something about what you feel, not feeling! Just drawing back and drawing in; becoming narcissistic.
The justices have constitutionally protected obscenity in libraries, filth over cable television, and now unlimited internet pornography.
Here is the piece. If you can't say fornicate can you say copulate or if not that can you say co-habit? If not that would have to say consummate I suppose. Use your own good taste and judgment.
Obscenity is a moral concept in the verbal arsenal of the establishment, which abuses the term by applying it, not to expressions of its own morality but to those of another.
The sign of a Philistine age is the cry of immorality against art.
You have to show violence the way it is. If you don't show it realistically, then that's immoral and harmful. If you don't upset people, then that's obscenity.
Obscenity is a cleansing process, whereas pornography only adds to the murk.
If you don't care for obscenity, you don't care for the truth.
What good is an obscenity trial except to popularize literature?
I don't know how one actually would define obscenity. I'm sure the definition is different according to the age one is living in.
Sex and obscenity are not synonymous. Obscene material is material which deals with sex in a manner appealing to prurient interest.
The violence and obscenity are left unadulterated, as manifestation of the mystery and pain which ever accompanies the act of creation.
Since obscenity is the truth of our passion today, it is the only stuff of art -- or almost the only stuff.
Obscenities... I think a lot of dumb people do it because they can't think of what they want to say and they're frustrated. A lot of smart people do it to pretend they aren't very smart - want to be just one of the boys.
Obscenity, which is ever blasphemy against the divine beauty in life, is a monster for which the corruption of society forever brings forth new food, which it devours in secret.
The Bible has noble poetry in it... and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies.
My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the decent obscurity of a learned language.
The writer has a grudge against society, which he documents with accounts of unsatisfying sex, unrealized ambition, unmitigated loneliness, and a sense of local and global distress.
Of all the strange 'crimes' that human beings have legislated out of nothing, 'blasphemy' is the most amazing -- with 'obscenity' and 'indecent exposure' fighting it out for second and third place.
I had woven a tapestry of obscenity that as far as I know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.
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