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DegradationWhat the History of Obscenity Tells Us about Hate Speech$
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Kevin W. Saunders

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814741443

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814741443.001.0001

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(p.193) 10 Conclusion

Kevin W. Saunders

NYU Press

This book has explored racist speech as well as sexist and homophobic speech by tracing the history of the nature of obscenity back to ancient Greece and Rome. It has shown that pornography was accepted in some cultures and eras but was considered obscene in others. It has discussed sexual depiction as the hallmark of pornography, and shame and degradation as the hallmark of obscenity. The book's thesis is that pornography becomes obscene when it can be the source of a degraded view of humanity. It has also highlighted the difference between the degradation of hate speech and the degradation of obscenity.

Keywords:   racist speech, sexist speech, homophobic speech, obscenity, pornography, sexual depiction, shame, degradation, hate speech

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