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The Logic of the Censor

By |2016-01-15T10:43:44-04:00April 6th, 2011|Blog|

Susan Burns, the woman who tried to tear a Paul Gauguin painting off a wall at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., stated her reasons thus: “I feel that Gauguin is evil. He has nudity and is bad for the children. He has two women in the painting and it’s very homosexual. I was trying to remove it. [...]

No no, a cartoon, naked man in it, no, Apple won’t have it

By |2019-03-07T21:56:19-04:00June 11th, 2010|Blog|

Take a look at this panel from an iPad graphic novel app based on James Joyce’s 20th century classic, Ulysses. There is a part in the story where a character, Buck Mulligan, strips down and jumps in the Irish Sea for a swim. Here it is in Joyce's original: He nodded to himself as he drew off his trousers and [...]

Nudity in Art is Not Indecent Exposure

By |2019-03-14T18:09:55-04:00August 31st, 2009|Blog|

The arrest of Zach Hyman’s nude model during a photo shoot at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was predictable in spite of the irony of the location. Whereas marble and oil nudes are usually left at peace (not always though: art containing nudity is a frequent target of censorship), a living woman posing naked for an artist is guilty of [...]

Update: Judge Agrees with Teens in Pennsylvania Sexting Case

By |2019-03-07T22:40:50-04:00March 31st, 2009|Blog|

A victory for free expression! Last week, three Pennsylvania high school students and their families brought suit against a Wyoming County prosecutor over allegations of First Amendment violations. Yesterday, a U.S. District judge sided with the teens, and issued a temporary restraining order against the prosecutor. The judge held that the prosecutor's proposed action violated free speech and parental rights. [...]

The Right to “Sext”: Sending Nude Photos of Oneself is a Right

By |2019-03-14T17:32:57-04:00March 26th, 2009|Blog|

Another legal action over the practice of sexting has emerged. Only this time it is the alleged “sexters” who are suing state prosecutors on the grounds that criminalizing sexting infringes on their First Amendment rights. Last month, three high school students in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania faced the threat of being charged with the possession/dissemination of child pornography, when their school [...]