"If the human body's obscene,
complain to the manufacturer, not me."
Larry Flynt
(1942- ) Pornographer and Hustler magazine publisher
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He's totally correct, of course. It's those who think it is obscene who are obscene.
 -- Tom Osborne, Tarzana     
    Absolutely correct on its face and, I somewhat agree with Tom BUT ! ! !, the author's focused meaning is stupid, shallow, way off topic and only addresses a psychotic degenerate's conversation with himself (making up and answering both sides of the question without a substantive or historically based perception / ultimate reality).
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Yes...and no.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Years ago I saw a copy of Hustler magazine and found it mostly boring. It sure ain't my cup of tea but if someone wants to read that sort of trash, I figure it's their busines, not mine.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    of course it is not obscene, but lust is obscene. and using the creators beautiful creation to make a profit is what is obscene.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    So what IS obscene exactly? Do you want your kids to have to look at a photo of a spread-eagled babe while they stand in line with mom at the grocery store? There HAS to be a line somewhere...or after all, why not just HAVE sex on public streets?
     -- Anonymous, yeahright     
    Yes, I'd much rather that a child see a photo of the human body from so called porn than a photo of violence against a human body like what we saw out of the war in Iraq. There is no doubt in my mind as to which causes more harm both to that child and to all of humanity.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
    Ahh yes, the 'A' from Reston, with her oh so immoral and politically correct (for a progressive) likes, would also have a complete Stockholm Syndrome implemented in public schools so as to force a degraded mass with a subsequent belief system in her statist theocracy (complete with all its pedophile rituals).
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Frankly, I don't get all the uproar about nudity and sex. The question is not whether we must be forced to see so-called 'pornography' but whether we can be forced to prevent the exposure of the human body to anyone. No, I do not want to see a woman spread eagle at the checkout counter -- but that is the store owner's choice. I am sure he would lose quite a few customers doing that. Let people boycott with their dollars, not pass draconian legislation that peeps into everyone's private affairs. It is just another example of the attempted control over everything by the church and state. This has been the custom for eons. If you grew up as a native in the Amazon, with no clothes, you would find the culture no more perverse than in Springfiled, USA. I don't dare open a copy of Hustler because I find it gross -- but that does not give me a right to tell anyone else what to do. A lot of people make their living off nude modelling, explicit or otherwise, and they have every right to do so. I agree that the nightly news is much more horrifying -- and it is programmed that way.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Archer, well said, again I reiterate, you can't legislate morality. There have been great studies to show that introducing sex to too young a child violates the child and destructively modifies a healthy growth pattern. There are many other degrading and destructive aspects to the human experience that Flynt exploits. BUT, Flynt has a right to publish anything he wants. Who is privy to that publication is an entirely different issue. The human body in and of itself is beautiful, NOT obscene, and a magnificent work of art/science.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Anything that shocks a child will leave an impact -- and the more a child is sheltered, the more 'shocking' reality can be. I am afraid we really do not have total control over what our children will see, hear, or learn. That is life. I remember my little sister watching Ben Hur one Christmas -- she had nightmares for weeks because of the leper scene. Of course, drunken tirades within the family also leaves deep emotional scars -- but that's just poor parenting. Now, in our little family, we aren't connected to cable or satellite TV -- we have only DVDs. Broadcast television is much more insidious in that it is well-planned programming designed to condition people to whatever the powers-that-be determine -- propaganda is the word. Thankfully my children have been 'censored' from the constant commercialization of socialism in the media, the constant fear-mongering, REAL blood and death, REAL war and destruction -- talk about shocking to a young mind! Seeing a naked lady or 2 people in bed is hardly life-shattering (perhaps imagining one's parents having sex is worse). When our family is watching a movie and perhaps a women's breasts are exposed, my younger son puts his hands in front of his eyes -- he just doesn't want to see it, he is embrarrassed, seems a pretty natural reaction. How about a little trust in people and less in the control by bureaucrats and religionists who if they had their way, no one could see, hear or do anything with their body or another's without a permit? How chastity became a virtue, I will never know. ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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