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Neurobiology and the Obscene

David B. Morris

in Illness and Culture in the Postmodern Age

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780520208698
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926240 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520208698.003.0007
Neurobiology and the Obscene

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Although postmodern America no longer witnesses the epic battles over censorship that engaged modern writers such as James Joyce and Henry Miller, the obscene still frays tempers and incites debate. Some feminists argue hotly against pornographic material on the grounds that it constitutes violence against women. Still others openly defend the pornographic and the obscene as a legitimate realm of erotic expression. In any case, both pornography and obscenity seem fixtures in the late-night, low-rent postmodern marketplace. A biocultural perspective would suggest that the obscene achieves its apparently ineradicable place by weaving together powerful elements of our biology psychology and social life.

Keywords: censorship; pornography; feminist; erotic expression; obscenity; biology psychology

Chapter.  9105 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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