Obscenity Quotes

I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description (of obscenity); and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it.

What good is an obscenity trial except to popularize literature?

Obscenity is the sign of a weak mind trying to express itself.

Don’t write naughty words on the wall if you can’t spell!

Women should be obscene and not heard.

If it appeals to a morbid interest in sex with patently offensive depictions or descriptions of sexual conduct, and on the whole has no serious literary, artistic, political, social or scientific value, that material is obscene, and therefore not protected by free speech-press guarantees.

Although every organized religion works overtime to contribute its own brand of misogyny to the myth of woman-hate, woman-fear, and woman-evil, the Roman Catholic church also carries the immense power of very directly affecting women’s lives everywhere by its stand against birth control and abortion, and by its use of skillful and wealthy lobbies to […]

Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to […]

People are full of dirty words. The only time they do not use them, most people, I mean, is when they are describing something dirty.

But implicit in the history of the First Amendment is the rejection of obscenity as utterly without redeeming social importance.