Wednesday, May 5, 2010

DAMage Report - The Boobie Ban

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Our porn loving ancestors are corrupting the current and future generations with their perversions disguised as art. It may look like a simple state seal from the 1700's but don't let that fool you. It is really a tool of the conspiracy, used to instigate the moral downfall of our country by flashing bare boobs and stirring the throbbing lust of the masses so they run a muck.

The seal depicts that hussy Roman goddess Virtus, the not so virtuous, flashing her left breast. The uninhibited wench even is the centerpiece of Virginia's state flag. Talk about an exhibitionist. But on new lapel pins Virginia's Attorney General Cuccinelli took the pornographic boob in hand and covered it with an armored breastplate. Thanks to Cuccinelli our virtue and moral dignity has been saved.... or it was until the sex-crazed populace  protested and ridiculed the Attorney General for his boob banning, forcing him to abandon the TITillating crusade. What is this country coming to? Tsk. Tsk.

A similar incident in 2002 involved the Justice Department and Attorney General John Ashcroft when he ordered bare-breasted statues of Justice be covered because he didn't like being photographed in front of the sculpted cleavage.

It is gratifying that the media has had a field day with the ridiculous victorian prudishness of politicians deciding to censor art while declaring it obscene. However... it doesn't alter the disturbing fact that the trend of perceiving nudity as porn and anything even remotely sensual as depraved is on the rise. Politicians like Cuccinelli merely reflect the escalating attitudes of the general population. We are getting closer and closer to the dangerous ground of puritanical censorship. You'll know we've officially arrived when fig leaves begin to strategically decorate all historical art.

It is ironic and interesting that Virginia's obscenity laws defines obscenity as:
"... that which, considered as a whole, has as its dominant theme or purpose an appeal to the prurient interest in sex, that is, a shameful or morbid interest in nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, excretory functions or products thereof or sadomasochistic abuse, and which goes substantially beyond customary limits of candor in description or representation of such matters and which, taken as a whole, does not have serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value."
Until this month, the seal was seen as having artistic value. Until Cuccinelli deemed it offensive and obscene.

The Supreme Court has consistently held that the First Amendment does not protect certain classes of materials, including those declared legally obscene. However the law does protect materials that may be indecent or simply offensive. The issue is, what exactly is the definition of obscene? If a work is legally obscene, it may be censored and its producers may be punished. If a work is not legally obscene it is protected by the First Amendment and can not be censored. The confusion from this issue begins with its foggy and SUBJECTIVE definition. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once stated that he could not define obscenity but "I know it when I see it." Stewart's dilemma illusrates the difficulty for the courts in clarifying the ground rules for obscenity.

Please. People. A bare breast does not equal porn anymore than a nude cupid on a valentine's card equals child pornography. While what people find offensive is as varied as individual tastes, the self righteous need to dictate what is and isn't perverted and force those dictates on others has to STOP. Teaching our children that nudity in art, any type of nudity at all is nasty and enjoyed only by pervs is a sure method of developing a repressed and mentally disturbed society. History has shown us clearly what happens when repression becomes the norm in a society.

Fortunately, we still have the saving grace of comedians to bring us hopefully back to our senses. 
Taking the issue of State Seal indency to heart, one blog offers up a new state seal for Indiana to ensure that their nude buffalo can no longer incite unseemly lust and embarrassment.


billy pilgrim said...

sic semper tyrannis - thus always the tyrant.

i kinda says it all.

ozymandiaz said...

all of my favorite goddesses are hussies
all of my favorite people are hussies
i suppose I am one of those sex crazed poppies to which you refer

Lakota said...

Tyrants are such.... know nuthin bullies. :P Good to see you Cabana Boy!

And Ozy my sexy sweet - that is one of my most favorite things about you. Second only to your poetry.... and your sexy bald head... and that sculpted ass... ummmm.... :D