FINAL PAPER RESEARCH - Meiklejohn 1 Amanda Meiklejohn 16 August 2011 Pornography or Art There are many opinions as to whether pornography should be

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Meiklejohn Amanda Meiklejohn 16 August 2011 Pornography or Art There are many opinions as to whether pornography should be legal or illegal, with the porn industry and its critics on opposite sides while the FCC is in the middle. The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances (U.S. Constitution).” Is pornography an art or unconstitutional? Naked art forms have been in existence as early as the Stone Age, over 25,000 years ago. Archeologists have discovered paintings on the walls of caves along with artifacts that depict human genitals, but it is uncertain among scientist the purpose of the art forms. Many scientist believe that the drawings and were most likely done by young adolescent males (Abaee). The ancient Greeks and Romans society continued to make in essences pornographic art. Cathedrals in Rome still show nude men and women in murals, paintings, and sculptures. As the years of civilization pressed on, more and more nudity and sexual activity in art forms were made throughout the world, especially in China, Japan, Egypt, and Peru (Abaee). In 1440’s, the world was forever changed with the creation of the Gutenberg Press (Abaee). Books of all types were being published and distrusted more efficiently then ever before. The press allowed all sorts of material and ideas, whether educational, historical, biblical, or erotica, to be published for all to read. 1
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Meiklejohn It was not until the 1800’s, however, that the word pornography, or porn, was used in the English language. Porn is defined by scholars as writing “about or of prostitutes (Abaee).” With the creation of the camera in 1847 and the moving picture in 1867, physical pictures and videos of nude humans became more readily available to the general public (The History of the Motion Picture). Yet it was not until the invention of the Internet in the 1950’s that the pornography industry began to really boom (What Year Was the Internet Invented?). Currently, pornography websites are extremely easy to access and are sometimes free. Online pornography has limited laws. Pornography is sometimes defined as indecent material, which is material that discusses “excretory organs without showing the implied content (FCC).” The First Amendment does protect indecent material (FCC). When determining if material is obscene, the Miller test, a three- pronged test established in the Supreme Court case Miller v. California , is used by a judge. In the case, tolerance of certain activities became acceptable depending on local community standards (FCC). The SLAPS test, another of the three prongs, stands for serious literary, artistic, political, and scientific value. If a work lacks this,
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