Sunday, 2 January 2011

SMUT BAN EFFORTS DEBATED


Back in 1932, the police in Los Angeles closed a play called “Lysistrata” because a highly emotional group of ladies decided that it was an affront to decency. The play was being staged by an amateur company and the cops went out looking for the author. In an effort to serve him with a warrant and bring him to durance vile. No one had bothered to explain to them that Aristophanes, the Greek author, had been dead for more than 2,000 years.

In our boyhood, a group of aroused moralists decided that Shakespeare's plays should be rewritten with all of the vile words removed. Since they had but a limited acquaintance with the classics they did not know that such a task would require a virtual re-write of everything the immortal playwright had penned.

Currently, a New Jersey city councilman is trying to get a law passed to eliminate undraped manikins from department windows on the grounds that a nude dress form awakened lascivious desire in the minds of 16-year-old boys.

(Source: The Nudist Newsletter No. 123/1963)

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