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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.49) 4 The Modern Era

(p.49) 4 The Modern Era

(p.49) 4 The Modern Era

Kevin W. Saunders

NYU Press

This chapter examines pornography and obscenity in the modern era, which encompasses period from the late 1600s through the 1700s or even into the 1800s. It first considers the growth in availability and popularity as well as the increase in regulation of obscene materials in England, along with the explanations for the increase in regulation of pornography. It then looks at the surge in the production of pornography in the 1740s and goes on to discuss how obscenity regulation became the subject of civil law. It also explores how the new combination of shame and access increased public concern over the widespread availability of pornography, various concerns about masturbation, and the connection between concerns over evolution and concerns over pornography.

Keywords:   pornography, obscenity, obscene materials, England, regulation, civil law, shame, masturbation, evolution

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