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Why I Want My Daughter To Curse

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 10.02.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

I'm not ready for Sienna to have her mom's sailor mouth, but eventually, when she's a teen, I don't want her to be afraid of speaking the language of her classmates and once she reaches adulthood, I hope to be ready for her to speak such words in my presence as part of normal conversation because the reality is that cursing is ordinary and sometimes, often even, acts as a release for pent up stress.

Is Today's Young Music Too Obscene? (Or Has My Perspective Changed?)

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
The University of Central Florida Forum

I still sometimes struggle reconciling the self of my youth with the guy who now has a mortgage and an SUV. But the minute I became a parent, my worldview shifted slightly on its axis and I began to view everything through new parental lenses.

Too Raunchy For Sin City? Las Vegas Casino Seeks To Evict Nightclub

AP | MICHELLE RINDELS | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business

LAS VEGAS — It turns out that even in Sin City, some sins are hard to overlook. The Palazzo hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip is trying to ev...

Movie Review: Lovelace

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The fact that porn has become such a punchline in our culture -- something that is joked about in mainstream humor as a signifier for all that is horny, male and, often, lower-class -- is hard to believe, from the perspective of the social history captured in Lovelace.

Is the (Online) Sexual Revolution Over?

Mike Stabile | Posted 09.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Mike Stabile

For nearly 20 years we've had almost unlimited access to sexual speech on the Internet -- and a blossoming of communities related to sex and sexuality. Now, in an echo of the anti-obscenity fight that followed the last sexual revolution, safe spaces for discussing sex are in danger of disappearing.

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Accused Of Going Soft On Porn

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Forget big banks. In the eyes of one conservative group, Attorney General Eric Holder has failed in his duty to take down big porn. M...

Melissa Jeltsen

Outrage Over 'Sexting' Sculpture Triggers Obscenity Investigation

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 09.18.2012 | Arts

In Kansas, another legal battle is being waged over a woman's body -- though this time it is made of glimmering bronze. Community uproar over a ba...

Another Fornicating Play

Howard Sherman | Posted 08.15.2012 | Home
Howard Sherman

We may be a country founded on free speech, but our ongoing inability to define pornography and obscenity creates a grey area; inflammatory words employed knowingly for artistic and cultural reasons are verboten.

Dirty Pictures, Dirty Water and Dirty Politics

Jonathan Askin | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Askin

Don't get me wrong -- child pornography is terrible and water pollution is horrible. But chilling a witness with allegations that she's a child pornographer rather than a public-spirited whistleblower performing her civic duty is outrageous.

What the !#$@%*?: Will the Rise of Spanish Redefine Indecency?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 08.26.2011 | Media
Daniel Cubias

It stands to reason that as America grows more multilingual, we'll hear more Spanish on the airwaves. And some of that Spanish will be of the naughty variety.

WATCH: Horror Film Banned In UK

Posted 08.07.2011 | Arts

"The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)," sequel to the 2010 high-concept horror film "The Human Centipede (First Sequence)," has been effectively ban...

Sins of Commission: The 40th Anniversary of the Illustrated Presidential Report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography

Robert Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert Brenner

I used to housesit for this hippie couple when I was a teenager. While they were away, I searched their home for porn. This was the early 1970s; you c...

Colorado Councilman May Want to Explore Why Art "Turned Him On?"

Leanne Goebel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Leanne Goebel

Conservatives are turning an exhibition at the Loveland Museum Gallery in Denver into a political action issue for the upcoming election. Most of those railing against it have never even seen the artwork.

ReThink Review: Howl -- Celebrating Banned Books Week

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

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Government APPEALS Decision Striking Down FCC Swearing Policy

AP | JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are appealing a recent court decision that struck down a 2004 government policy that says broadcasters can be fi...

Animal Crush Videos: Disgusting and Illegal

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

The House passed legislation to reinstate a federal prohibition on gruesome animal crush videos that have made a comeback since the courts overturned the 1999 law to ban their production and sale.

Justice on Steroids--for Ruskie Spies, Not Wall St Bigs

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Schechter

Ten Russian "spies" were brought to court, copped a plea, and were on their way out of the country by midnight. The wheels of justice move quickly when governments want them to.

Should Taxpayers Continue to Subsidize Goldman Sachs's Alleged Obscenity?

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

Given the current climate on Wall Street, taxpayers may soon decide that just as we don't wish to fund obscenity posing as "art," we don't wish to subsidize "finance" that is simply obscenity.

Interview with a Philosopher: A Class on Porn

Tom Morris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Hugh Hefner long ago shocked people nationally and sought to make them think in new ways by personally philosophizing about sex, love, and pornography...

Supreme Court to Hear Animal Sex Fetish Case

Newsweek | Krista Gesaman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Kittens, brutality, fetish videos, and dogfighting--these aren't the elements of a twisted cable-television show; they're just some of the factors in ...

Media Drops the F-Bomb Into Its Headlines

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

By the looks of it, the "F-Bomb" has been lurking for some time now, but it took the Slate incident on SNL to help propel it further. Call me old-fashioned, but what ever happened to the old, reliable, and charged F-Word?

Porn Case Prosecution Signals Shift From Aggressive Bush

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama's Justice Department has quietly agreed to move a pornography prosecution out of socially conservative Montana to more urbane N...

Allen Ginsberg Is Coming To The Big Screen

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" is coming to theaters. And if that makes you want to hide your children, hold off for a moment. The movie isn't an incarnat...

What Do Torture and Porn Have in Common? More Than You Might Think.

Susannah Breslin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Susannah Breslin

While many Americans have seen photos from Abu Ghraib, many have turned a blind-eye to their country's position on torture. Video games encourage us to engage deeply with complicated questions, torture among them.

The Question Carlin Left Behind: What is Obscenity?

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Danny Schechter

Comic social commentators like George Carlin, Lenny Bruce and mavericks like New York's Ugly George have been uncturing the pervasive hypocrisy on the issue of obscenity laws.