Obscenity: Fashion or Porn?

In the Jacobellis v. Ohio obscenity case of 1964, US Supreme Court Justice famously said, “I know it when I see it” to describe the obscene.

Though pornography is not legally obscene, it’s still widely considered obscene due to the fact that it features people naked and fucking for all to see. But is porn really any worse than fashion?

That’s the question raised by Nss Magazine‘s new game Fashion or Porn

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The Fashion or Porn game is simple. Look at the cropped selection of a photo and guess whether it’s fashion or porn.

Though it may sound simple, I guarantee you’ll be surprised at how difficult it is to guess the right answer. I’m on porn sites for 67% of every day (8 hours at the office and 8 hours at home) and my best score was 9 out of 40. If this were an exam for a cultural studies class, I would have failed miserably.

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PORN

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FASHION

It’s not hard to draw similarities between fashion and porn. Both industries objectify women. Both industries project an unrealistic expectation of the female body onto their audiences.

The only difference between them is that fashion can be shared, talked about, and readily available to mainstream audiences. Meanwhile pornography must be enjoyed clandestinely lest anyone know that you have sexual desires.

So the point of all this is…

If you don’t know it when you see it anymore, what is obscene?

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Published on: December 18, 2013

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  • pollywolly

    Porn is obscene and fashion is what it is.

  • http://www.sex.com/news/ Chico Dusty

    Can you explain your opinion a bit more? If you had played the game, I would have hoped that it would have made you think about accepting nude/sexualized photos at face-value.

    Yes. Some porn can be obscene. But there’s also a lot of glamor porn that could easily be mistaken for current fashion photography. Sometimes the only thing that sets them a part is the branding or product placement in fashion photography.

    So please, explain to me why porn is obscene and fashion is what it is.

  • pollywolly

    But like porn is totally in your face and fashion is just a part of life.

  • http://www.sex.com/news/ Chico Dusty

    Disagree completely.

    Porn may seem ubiquitous online but it’s reach is limited to your screen. Meanwhile the fashion industry has sexualized and nearly pornographic images on billboards, on buses, in magazines, everywhere!

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