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.
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