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The Report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography

Commission on Obscenity and Pornography
Publisher:  Bantam Book, New York, USA
Year Published:  1970  
Pages:  700pp  
Resource Type:  Book

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Table of Contents

Special Introduction by Clive Barnes Letter to the President and Congress Members of the Commission and Staff Preface

PART ONE OVERVIEW OF FINDINGS
I. The Volume of Traffic and Patterns of Distribution of Sexually Oriented Materials
A. The Industries
B. The Consumers

II. The Effects of Explicit Sexual Materials
A. Opinion Concerning Effects of Sexual Materials.
B. Empirical Evidence Concerning Effects

III. Positive Approaches: Sex Education, Industry Self-Regulation, and Citizens Action Groups
A. Sex Education
B. Organized Citizen Action
C. Industry Self-Regulation

IV. Law and Law Enforecement
A. Existing Obscenity Legislation and Cost of Enforcement
B. The Constitutional Basis for Prohibitions upon the Dissemination of Explicit Sexual Materials
C. Constitutional Limitations upon the Definition of "Obscene"
D. Public Opinion Concerning Restrictions on the Availability of Explicit Sexual Materials
E. Obscenity Laws in Other Countries


PART TWO RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMISSIOIN
I. Non- Legislative Recommendations

II. Legislative Recommendations
A. Statutes Relating to Adults
B. Statutes Relating to Yong Persons
C. Public Display and Unsolicited Mailing
D. Declaratory Judgment Legislation

III. Drafts of Proposed Legislation
A. Recommended Federal Legislation
B. Recommended State Legislation
C. Model Declaratory Judgment and Injuction Statue


PART THREE REPORT OF THE PANELS
I. TRAFIC AND DISTRIBUTION OF SEXUALLY ORIENTED MATERIALS IN THE UNITED STATES
Introduction - The Scope of the Report
Section A. Sexually Oriented Motion Pictures
Section B. Sexually Oriented Bookd sand Magazines
Section C. Mail-Order Erotica
Section D. The "Under-the-Counter" or "Hardcore" Pornography Market
Section E. Erotica and Organized Crime
Section F. Patterns of Exposure to Erotic Material
Section G. Patrons of Adult Bookstores and Movies

II. THE IMPACT OF EROTICA
Preface
Section A. Orientation to the Study of Effects
Section B. Public Opinion about Sexual Materials
Section C. Behavioral Responses to Erotica
Section D. Attitudinal, Emotional, and Judgemental Responses to Erotica
Section E. Erotica and Antisocial and Criminal Behavior

III. POSITIVE APPROACHES: THE DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTHY ATTITUDES TOWARD SEXUALITY
I. Introduction
II. Sex Educatioin
III. Industry Self-Regulation
IV. Citizen Action Groups

IV. LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS RELATING TO EROTICA
Introduction
Section A. Historical Background
Section B. The Constitutional Basis for Prohibitions upon the Dissemination of Explicit Sexual Materials.
Section C. Constitutionally Permissible Definitions of Prohibited Sexual Materials.
Section D. Procedural LImitations
Section E. Existing Federal and State Obscenity Prohibitions-Their Content and Enforcement
Section F. Obscenity Laws in Other Countries
Section G. Relevant Empirical Data
Section H. Summary and Analysis of the Legal Considerations Relevant to the Commission's Legislative Recommendations


PART FOUR SEPARATE STATEMENTS BY COMMISSION MEMBERS
Statement by Irving Lehrman
Statement by Joseph T. Klapper
Statement by G. William Jones
A Minority Statement by Otto N. Larsen and Marvin E. Wolfgang
Statement by Winfrey C. Link
Statement by Drs. Morris A. Lipton and Edward D. Greenwood
Report of Commissioners Morton A. Hill, S.J. and Winfrey C. Link, concurred in by Chareles H. Keating Jr.
Overview
Our Position
I. History of Creation of Commission
II. Operation of Commission
III. Critique of Commission Behavioral Research
IV. Legal "Findings" of Commission
V. Conclusions
VI. Recommendations
Appendices
Report of Commissioner Charles H. Keating, Jr.
Introduction
The Commission on Obscenity and Pornography-A Runaway Commission
Structure of the Commission Report
Obtaining Information from the Commission as a Minority Member
The Question of Involvement of the States
A Matter of National Concern
The Panel Reports
Traffic and Distribution of Obscene and Pornographic Material
Effects of Pornography
Legal
Closing
Exhibits





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