The Failure of Porno Chic


in Freedom to Offend

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124292
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134918 | DOI:
The Failure of Porno Chic

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This chapter discusses obscenity, which was a category that movies could not easily venture into. When they did, it was up to judges, not the old moral guardians and official censors, to impose standards of taste. Each case that tested the ambiguous boundary between offensive and obscene culture made it apparent that defending something controversial was often a less than honorable venture. The chapter further shows a movie culture that made it “chic” to take a stand in defense of dubious art.

Keywords: obscenity; movies; standards of taste; offensive; obscene; movie culture; chic; dubious art

Chapter.  9343 words. 

Subjects: Film

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