Quotation by Marjorie Heins

"Obscenity" is a legal term for a category of sexually explicit art and entertainment that the Supreme Court has said is without First Amendment protection. According to those nine wise jurists, obscenity is sexually explicit material that lacks any serious artistic or other value, is patently offensive, and appeals to "shameful or morbid" sexual appetites, as judged by the standards of a particular community. Because pornographic works may arouse only healthy sexual urges, may have serious artistic value, and may not be considered patently offensive in a particular community, most pornography is not legally obscene.
Marjorie Heins. Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy: A Guide to America's Censorship Wars, ch. 7, New Press (1993).
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