Art As An Obscenity

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Art as obscenity and the argument

What defines something as obscene? More over, what does the term obscenity mean? The interpretation of the word has differed in communities; styles and scenes whether it is unacceptable or favorable a great deal of arguable queries have arisen not only in the art community but most of the population. Obscenity is a constitutionally unprotected form of speech (About Us Art Law Library: Obscenity. Avaliable at: although obscenity may be examined cautiously by few, the issue around the interpretation is deliberated in today’s court system regularly. The Hicklin or also known as the Roth test first declared a legal examination in 1868 to be conducted for obscenity, the court held that all material tending “to deprave and corrupt those whose minds are open to such immoral influences” was obscene, regardless of its artistic history. (Ducat, C.R. (2008) p.540) It was also decided that to be declared ‘obscene’ one must or ones work must lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value (Waxman, O. (2016) Time) The later decision to retire the Hitchin law reasoning stated by Justice William, J. Brennan JR settled that the opinion of obscenity is “utterly without redeeming social importance” (West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. The Gale Group) which in response to that meant it was no longer protected by the First Amendment. 1996 The Supreme Court announced it was adding

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