A Hypersexual Society: Sexual Discourse, Erotica, and by Kenneth Kammeyer

By Kenneth Kammeyer

The United States this day is a hypersexual society. Sexual discourse, erotica, and pornography are pervasive within the tradition. Sexual fabrics, again and again extending into erotica and pornography, are present in the shopper international, academia, intercourse remedy, the publishing global, mass media (especially radio, tv and films) and the web. The sexual fabrics present in most of these parts of yankee society impress relentless competition through teams and people who are looking to repress or censor sexual fabrics. The mixed results of these who advertise and convey sexual fabrics, and those that attempt to supress them, upload as much as a cacophony of sexual discourse.

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In so doing, they have inevitably contributed, as Foucault observed, to the continuing discourse about sex. S. Attorney General from 2001 until 2005. As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, Ashcroft had primary responsibility for fighting crime, cracking down on corporate wrongdoing, and guarding the nation against potential terrorists. The last of these was a particularly important responsibility after September 11, 2001. With all of these awesome duties, Ashcroft still found time during his tenure to take care of one more important task: ordering that two larger-than-lifesize bronze statues in the Department of Justice building be hidden behind draperies.

Brennan’s test for obscenity involved asking whether an average person, applying contemporary local standards, would find that the dominant theme of the material, taken as a whole, appealed to prurient interests (Moretti 1984, 8). Most importantly, Brennan declared that, in order to be ruled obscene, a product or work of art must be “utterly without redeeming social importance” (Moretti 1984, 8). ” As a prominent example, D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover had been banned in the United States because it contained many explicitly sexual scenes and vulgar language.

As legal scholar Daniel Moretti has observed, “defining obscenity has been, and continues to be, a most difficult task . . the judicial effort to find an 32 A HYPERSEXUAL SOCIETY acceptable definition of obscenity constitutes one of the longest and most arduous struggles in the history of American jurisprudence” (Moretti 1984, xi). The Hicklin case’s original test for obscenity involved judging whether or not the material “tended to deprave and corrupt those whose minds are open to immoral influences” (Moretti 1984, 1).

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