The Permissive Prudish State

in Before Porn Was Legal

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780226325217
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226325231 | DOI:
The Permissive Prudish State

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This chapter examines the dominance of conservatism in West Germany during the 1950s. It discusses how the Christian conservatives gained legal restrictions on the sexual consumer goods industry with the Law on Youth-Endangering Texts and investigates the factors that hindered the mobilization of the state to truly inhibit the erotica industry's growth. The chapter also describes the legal problems encountered by many small erotica firms during this period.

Keywords: conservatism; West Germany; Christian conservatives; sexual consumer goods; Youth-Endangering Texts; erotica industry

Chapter.  15269 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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