Second Life Censors Machinema Film Over Artistic Nudity

By |2020-01-03T13:38:06-05:00June 22nd, 2010|Blog|

The online virtual environment Second Life headlines the latest censorship scandal: they took down an art exhibit because SL community guidelines do not allow nudity unless it is confined to a space that has a “mature” or “adult” rating.  The work in question was an installation based on Rose Borchovski’s Susa Bubble, an anthology of machinema films following the surreal, [...]

Temecula’s cultural life remains in the hands of city official’s subjective tastes

By |2019-03-15T15:24:19-04:00May 6th, 2010|Blog|

Temecula city management, which was responsible for removing a nude artwork from an exhibition in January, has decided not to create a written policy for the selection of artworks in city-owned exhibition spaces. Instead, Temecula’s Community Services Director Herman Parker (or someone designated by him) will partake in the selection process. NCAC Director of Programs, Svetlana Mintcheva, says: It is [...]

(In)decent exposure? Nudes in art

By |2020-01-03T13:37:11-05:00February 26th, 2010|Blog|

Representations of nudes in painting, sculpture, and photography frequently become subject to controversy. The law, however, is clear: simple nudity (that is nudity outside of a sexually explicit situation) has full constitutional protection. (That does not mean that public officials are always aware of this as a current case in Temecula, CA, testifies.) But what about a live [...]

Temecula City Managers Remove Nude Artwork from Visual Expression 2010 Show

By |2019-03-14T18:07:47-04:00February 17th, 2010|Blog|

In January, artwork by Jeff Hebron, which had been selected for inclusion in a Temecula, CA juried art exhibit (Visual Expressions 2010), was removed upon the request of the City Management. The problem: the painting depicted a nude figure. The gallery where the piece was to be shown is a city-owned space, which is why there are serious [...]

NCAC Protests Removal of Nude Painting from Art Exhibition, Temecula Apologizes

By |2019-03-15T18:13:43-04:00February 17th, 2010|Incidents|

NCAC is protesting the censorship of an artwork to be displayed at a city-owned gallery in Temecula, CA. Jeff Hebron’s painting, which had been selected for inclusion in Visual Expressions 2010, was removed from the exhibition because it depicted a nude figure.

Plaid Ribbons for Pornography Awareness

By |2020-01-03T13:36:15-05:00October 30th, 2009|Blog|

[Dr. Marty Klein – a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist, and sociologist with a special interest in public policy and sexuality – is our guest blogger today! We post from his great blog, Sexual Intelligence, from October 25.] This week is WRAP Week: White Ribbons Against Pornography. Sponsored by groups including Concerned Women for America (CWA) 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 [...]

Nude Sculpture Removed from Public View in Michigan

By |2019-03-13T15:04:25-04:00June 25th, 2009|Blog|

This week, “Walking Man,” a sculpture of a nude man, was removed from the public space in front of the Anton Art Center in mount Clemens, MI, because of individual complaints. That city officials should respond to the complaints of a few vocal community members by removing an art work from a public space is a disturbing violation of both [...]

Porn censorship at the University of Maryland

By |2016-01-14T15:47:55-05:00April 3rd, 2009|Blog|

Chill. Porn is a genre like any other – science fiction, crime drama, horror. Why should the pleasure derived from viewing it be a guiltier pleasure from the one derived from viewing serial killers slashing throats? To each, after all, her own. (And, yes, women watch porn too). Porn is also – whether you like it or not – protected [...]

Fact Sheet on Sex and Censorship

By |2020-01-03T15:47:55-05:00April 1st, 2009|FEPP Articles|

"I know it when I see it" - This famous phrase, by former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart,1 nicely summarizes the way that American law defines criminally punishable "obscenity." Yet the First Amendment to the Constitution states unequivocally that "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech." So where did the exception to the First Amendment for "obscenity" [...]

Art Teacher Rips Penis Off Student Sculpture

By |2019-03-12T18:24:59-04:00January 8th, 2009|Blog|

A student's sculpture project at South Kingstown High School was mutilated by her art teacher even before it was completed. The reason was that the anatomically correct figure sported a penis. Apparently penises could be viewed by students when they are studying art, but not reproduced in their own art work. While requiring student sculpture to be true to the [...]

US v. Williams

By |2020-01-03T14:13:15-05:00August 15th, 2007|Incidents|

NCAC is concerned that in its efforts to curb child pornography, the government is pursuing a course that will apply overly broad restrictions to speech and images that are not obscene or pornographic, potentially criminalizing legitimate, constitutionally-protected forms of art and speech.

REPORT: Internet Filters: A Public Policy Report

By |2017-12-05T12:22:10-05:00January 1st, 2006|FEPP Articles|

Every new technology brings with it both excitement and anxiety. No sooner was the Internet upon us in the 1990s than anxiety arose over the ease of accessing pornography and other controversial content. In response, entrepreneurs soon developed filtering products. By the end of the decade, a new industry had emerged to create and market Internet filters.

Nude Goddesses Banned from Nevada County Art Show

By |2020-01-03T14:12:26-05:00October 1st, 2003|Incidents|

Nevada County, CA Show Cancelled Because of Nudes October 1, 2003 The work of 65 artists is to be taken down from Annual Open Studios Art show in California’s Nevada County Rood Administrative Center. The reason: the work of five of the artists contains partial nudity. Two of the paintings contain nudes viewed from the rear, the three other paintings [...]

NCAC Letter to the TN Arts Commission Protesting “No Nudes” Policy

By |2017-01-26T15:46:14-05:00March 21st, 2002|Incidents|

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY March 21, 2001 Today, the National Coalition Against Censorship is urging the Tennessee Arts Commission to reconsider its apparent policy of banning all artwork containing nude figures from the TAC Gallery located in Nashville. The Tennessee Arts Commission and its gallery are funded by the State of Tennessee and the National Endowment [...]

Catholic League Objects to Traditional Figurines in Art Installation

By |2019-03-15T17:47:27-04:00January 7th, 2002|Blog|

Always on the alert for "offensive" art work, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has once more found a target: the work of Spanish artist Antoni Miralda exhibited at Copia, Napa Valley's new food, wine and arts museum. The exhibition, "Active Ingredients," which runs through April 22, features specially commissioned food-related works by seven contemporary artists. Miralda, a [...]

Male Nude Proves Too Realistic for California Art League

By |2019-03-07T22:43:16-05:00September 27th, 2001|Blog|

The Elsie May Goodwin Art Center, run by the Stockton Art League, rejected a sculpture by one of its members—Vincent Mazo—because the piece was too anatomically explicit. The gallery has no policy excluding nudes, but, according to Aleen Gall, the gallery manager, the nudes normally exhibited are female and show no genitals. Interesting, I thought genitals were a part of [...]

Pornography Law Goes too Far

By |2017-06-08T11:31:59-04:00October 17th, 1997|Blog|

LOS ANGELES TIMES Friday, October 17, 1997 The first round of papers has been filed in a federal appeals court in San Francisco challenging the constitutionality of the Child Pornography Prevention Act of 1996. At the same time, the new movie version of Vladimir Nabokov's book Lolita, starring Jeremy Irons, is opening all over Europe, even though it is not [...]

Tin Drum Censors Have Tunnel Vision

By |2016-02-01T10:33:21-05:00August 5th, 1997|Blog|

  NEWSDAY Tuesday, August 5, 1997   What can explain the fact that The Tin Drum could win an Academy Award for best foreign film and Best Picture at the Cannes Film Festival in 1979, and be faced with the claim that it is "obscene" and "child pornography" in 1997? Were we all blind to obscenity and child pornography then? [...]

National Groups Condemn Ongoing Censorship in Oklahoma City

By |2020-01-03T14:12:51-05:00July 16th, 1997|Incidents|

NEW YORK, N.Y.  - National anti-censorship groups representing librarians, artists, writers, booksellers, religious leaders and educators today denounced on-going efforts by Oklahoma City authorities to suppress a wide range of First Amendment-protected material, including the Academy Award-winning film, The Tin Drum. The National Coalition Against Censorship, the National Campaign for Free Expression, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and the American [...]

Barnes and Noble Indicted in Tennessee

By |2016-02-01T10:32:21-05:00January 1st, 1997|Censorship News Articles|

Fueled by the crusade led by Randall Terry and Focus On The Family against the photographer Jock Sturges, Tennessee prosecutors have charged Barnes & Noble with violating state obscenity law by displaying The Last Day of Summer and Radiant Identities by Sturges and The Age of Innocence by David Hamilton in its Brentwood store.

Vonnegut on Censorship

By |2020-04-10T10:39:39-04:00January 16th, 1986|Blog|

Click here to download a PDF of Vonnegut's remarks on censorship and literature from a January 16, 1986 briefing on the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography, organized by NCAC.

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