Posted: 09/07/2012 16:28
Time to Scrap Obscenity Laws?
"We now have laws specifically designed to tackle extreme pornography, and they have their root not in notions of obscenity or corrupting the consumer, but in the desire to protect the helpless victims of those whose images are portrayed [sic]. We are all universally agreed [no] that this is a good thing. But we do still have a law of obscenity. I wonder if it's now time to say goodbye the 'deprave and corrupt' test and simply say that anything goes unless we have specifically banned it. If Professor Lajeunesse is right, there is, it turns out, nothing that consenting adults can do to each other in front of a camera not involving violence that is even capable of depraving or corrupting us. That being the case, I think on balance a 'banned list' approach would be far more sensible."