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Sex Publication and Moral Corruption

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dc.contributor.author Elias, Erwin A.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-13T19:46:02Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-13T19:46:02Z
dc.date.issued 1967
dc.identifier.citation 9 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 302 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10601/541
dc.description.abstract “The danger of influencing a change in the current moral standards of the community, or of shocking or offending readers, or of stimulating sex thoughts or desires apart from objective conduct, can never justify the losses to society that result from interference with literary freedom.” The purpose of this article is to examine this proposition and its ramifications. If, in fact, the state does not have a legitimate interest in protecting its citizens from being shocked and offended, or sexually aroused, or morally corrupted, what conceivable purpose can the state have in attempting to regulate and suppress publications because of the manner in which they deal with sex? The relationship between publications and overt conduct has not been and probably can never be established, at least not in any clear and present danger sense. On the other hand if the state does have an interest in, for example, maintaining the moral standards of the community, how has this interest been accommodated by the Court with the First Amendment values involved? Has this accommodation been realistic? en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher William & Mary Law Review
dc.relation.uri http://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/wmlr9&collection=journals&id=324&men_hide=false&men_tab=citnav
dc.subject Literary freedom en_US
dc.subject Moral standards en_US
dc.subject Sexual expression en_US
dc.title Sex Publication and Moral Corruption en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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