Anthony Comstock

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United States reformer who led moral crusades against art and literature that he considered obscene (1844-1915)


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Turner sensibly turned to the people who are the most obsessed with those subcultures, namely anti-vice crusaders such as Anthony Comstock.
Two of the most reviled men in the American morality scene were Anthony Comstock, who in the nineteenth century was a special agent for the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice and as such called George Bernard Shaw an "Irish smut dealer," and Will Hays, who in the early twentieth century censored our movies.
The crusades of Anthony Comstock, the man whose raised eyebrows had the power to prevent booksellers from handling many books and magazines in nineteenth century America, gave us Comstockery, a synonym for overzealous censorship.
Whether he was denouncing prohibition ("the criminal, in the public eye, is not the boodegger and certainly not his customer, but the enforcement officer"), moral crusader Anthony Comstock ("a good woman, to him, was simply one who was efficiently policed"), or government itself ("in any dispute between a citizen and the government, it is my instinct to side with the citizen"), the overriding theme of the series remained steady: individual liberty vs.
are a host of full-named forefathers: Anthony Comstock, Ulysses S.
Of course, there were also powerful - and powerfully repressed - nudniks like the lawmaker Anthony Comstock, who trampled all over people's civil freedoms: He suppressed ``The Wedding Night,'' an early sex manual for couples explaining how to inspire ``a vague (emphasis mine) desire for the intertwining of lower limbs,'' and battled Margaret Sanger, the patron saint of sexual freedom, over the dissemination of information about birth control.
Fredric Wertham is currently on the same internal chain gang as Anthony Comstock --using his bare hands to lay down hot asphalt along the Good Intentions Expressway.
As strong a tonic as concealment may have been in Greeley's era--according to an 1851 document prepared by the legendary vice hunter Anthony Comstock, there were more than 6,000 gaming establishments in New York City, at the time--it turns out that when you draw back the curtains, advertise gambling via huge neon cowboys, and put a lottery machine in every grocery store, gambling flourishes even more.
Some Protestant lobby leaders, such as Frances Willard of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and Wayne Wheeler of the Anti-Saloon League, are well remembered and at least one, antipornography campaigner Anthony Comstock, still qualifies as notorious.
Anthony Comstock, 11, was running for the environmental director office, which is responsible for finding ways to keep the campus clean.
Beisel questions the assertion that one man, Anthony Comstock, could effectively censor discussions of birth control, free love, and sexuality, as well as curtail the production of pornography and limit public gambling.