Recently at Reason.tv: Obscenity vs. Freedom of Expression

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"When did women exchanging bodily fluids and a little light bondage become the most obscene thing in the land?" asks Constance Penley, a University of California at Santa Barbara professor well-known for her classes on pornography.

That question may be answered this week when porn producer John Stagliano's federal obscenity trial enters its second week. Stagliano faces up to 32 years in prison for distributing the adult films Milk Nymphos, Storm Squirters 2: Target Practice, and a promo reel for a trailer for Belladonna's Fetish Fanatic Five via his website for Evil Angel Productions (adults only).

(Full disclosure: Stagliano has been a donor to Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes this website.)

Emboldened by the Stagliano trial, a group of anti-pornography organizations recently held an event to demand a new "War on Pornography." "We have a war on pornography and we're going to win it," declares Patrick Trueman, a former Department of Justice prosecutor and leader of the War on Pornography Coalition. "The pornographers know exactly what they're doing and they're not going to respond to anything but the stick of the law," adds Donna Rice Hughes, founder of Enough is Enough.

But Reason.tv speaks with others, including an adult film actress and fetish film director, who promise to resist the anti-porn crusaders. And there is a bigger issue at stake, says Marty Klein, author of America's War on Sex: The Attack on Law, Lust and Liberty. "The right to see South Park, may actually depend on the right to watch Butt Busters 3," says Klein. "If people want to have the right to do what they want to do, they have to protect the rights of other people to do what other people want to do."

"Obscenity vs. Freedom of Expression" is produced and edited by Hawk Jensen, field produced by Dan Hayes, with camera work by Dan Hayes, Hawk Jensen, Alex Manning, Joshua Swain and Zach Weissmueller.  Production Assistants are Sam Corcos and Jack Gillespie.  Approximately 7.30 minutes.

For a 2008 Reason.tv interview about the case, go here.

To watch Reason.tv's "Lady Chatterley, Milk Nymphos, & John Stagliano," go here.

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  1. Beware the “Stick of the LAW!”

    Are you okay with marks?

  2. Congrats – Reason, porn, 1st-amend, free speech, secularism, Soros, and all you godless fucking pagan beauties!

    (this is real shrike)

    1. Take out Soros and Pagen, then Thanks!

  3. Libertarians are the ones who like porn and want weed legalized, right? My kinda people!

    1. Not so fast.

      Some Libertarians campaign against porn and drugs – all the while thinking “libertarianism” is a 35% top income tax rate (vs 39%).

      You will become jaded fairly quickly.

      1. Hey shriek, do you remember what senator’s wife formed the PMRC? He’s a libertarian, right?

        1. Not sure what the PMRC is – much less the Senate-stain that liked such.

          1. Parents Music Resource Center. The witch-hunt on “dangerous” music lyrics. Tipper Gore was involved, the nosy bitch.

            But do go on about your self-imposed superiority.

            1. Democrats always get a pass from me. You Christfags on the right, don’t deserve to be shot in the forehead, it would be too good for you.

      2. Given that he used the word at the beginning of a sentence we don’t really know whether he meant big L or little l.

        1. Who cares?

          We’ve all seen “Christian” libertarians (dichotomy for sure) and “Secular” statists.

          If you’re not jaded yet – you’re under 21.

          1. “The very same people who don’t want the Fairness Doctrine want the FCC to limit pornography on the air,” [Chuck] Schumer stated. “I am for that. I think pornography should be limited. But you can’t say ‘government hands off’ in one area to a commercial enterprise, but ‘you’re allowed to intervene’ in another. That’s not consistent.”

            Defend THIS, shrike. One of your fucking Democrats. Defend it, you goddamned coward.

            1. Don’t care. He’s a Democrat, they’re always right.

      3. Some Libertarians campaign against porn and drugs

        Name one.

      4. Some Libertarians campaign against porn and drugs

        Which is perfectly consistent with being a libertarian – civil society, gentle persuastion, all that. Campaigning for laws against porn and drugs, not so much.

        all the while thinking “libertarianism” is a 35% top income tax rate (vs 39%).

        Well, lower taxes are certainly more libertarian than higher ones.

      5. …all the while thinking “libertarianism” is a 35% top income tax rate (vs 39%).

        Nah. Libertarianism is a zero percent income tax rate. Repeal the goddamned income tax – federal, state, and local.

    2. Libertarians are the ones who like porn

      Not necessarily. It is quite possible to think porn should be legal and at the same time not like it.

  4. I offer consensual nonsexual discipline for pornographers and porn users. I am expert in the use of the Cane, The stick of the Law and other instruments of punishment. Email me your preferences.

    My playspace is located in Metro DC, but I can travel for select customers.

    1. I can personally vouch for her work, particularly at sea.

      1. See no evil
        hear no evil
        speak no evil

    2. Hey, honey, how come you look like an older, has-been version of Wifey without the make-up and boob job?

  5. “The right to see South Park, may actually depend on the right to watch Butt Busters 3,” says Klein.

    Damn, that is beautiful. Like ‘Sailing to Byzantium’…

  6. Head for everyone! All over me.

    1. What’s it like not to be able to forget me bitch?

      1. Kinda small, a few drips.

  7. Interesting, disgusting place you decided to take a stand. Good luck with that public image, libertarians!

    1. Riiiiight. Image is so much more important than liberty.

      Go back under your bridge.

    2. Oh great, a Kantian is going to tell us about liberty. Where are the Objectivists when you need them?

  8. you know. maybe they should have an IQ test before posting comments. oh, well.

  9. I like that! Your post inspires me very much. Good Luck to you!

  10. Correction: all the charges against Stagliano were thrown out by the judge last week. There will be no “second week” of this crap.

    1. I was just gonna comment on that line. Looks like this article was written a while back and somebody forgot to edit before posting!

  11. Holding her hand at mouth level with jaws agape is not a flattering pic of the good lady.

    1. Au contraire, my good man!

      She’s got a MILF thing going on that I Love with a capital L.

      That pose is just perfect.

  12. Look what will get you thrown out of a public meeting.

    http://triblocal.com/Elmhurst/detail/197722.html

    1. SugarFreeing links?

  13. WASHINGTON, May 6 /Christian Newswire/ — “The .XXX domain should be killed and a stake driven through its heart so it never rises again,” said Patrick Trueman, former U.S. Department of Justice pornography prosecutor. For more than ten years, the promoter of this new porn domain for the Internet has tried to get the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the Internet governing agency, to establish an additional place on the Internet for access to pornography, Trueman noted. “Not one sound argument has been put forward for why the world needs more Internet pornography.”

    Trueman said, “What is needed instead of an .XXX domain is a war on pornography.” The public, should call a halt to widespread distribution of pornography because of the terrible harm such material is causing. “There are four major harms from pornography, harm to children, violence against women, addiction to men women and children and increased sex trafficking.”

    I think my favorite part is the odd comma usage.

    1. Where is his evidence that these “four major harms” are a result of pornography? This guy just wants to keep his day job–have fun humping your fat wife in missionary position, Patrick Trueman!

  14. I’m having a hard time figuring out what anyone would have against prurient interest.

    1. As someone pointed out here earlier, that would make Viagra obscene.

  15. The number of times this article has been bumped is becoming obscene.

    1. Like a real hustler.

  16. “But Reason.tv speaks with others, including an adult film actress and fetish film director, who promise to resist the anti-porn crusaders.”

    I pledge (and not lemon pledge, but a real pledge) to watch more porn than ever, even if my eyes go bloodshot, I wear the skin off my tallywhacker, my scotum swells, and my wrists freeze from carpal tunnel syndrome from too much…flexing, and reduce my Reason time, as that is the only thing I do other than view porn.

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