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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As Wheeler observes, there are studies of Anthony Comstock and his colleagues in the late nineteenth century, and the issue has also generated controversy among feminists in recent decades.
William Calley, Alberto Fujimori, Adolf Eichmann, Emma Goldman, Aleister Crowley, Anthony Comstock, Patty Hearst, Ivan the Terrible, Pierre Laval, Timothy Leary, Huey Newton, Benito Mussolini, Judas Iscariot, Pope Urban VI, Robin Hood, Vidkun Quisling, Juan and Eva Peron, and Emiliano Zapata.
As a general matter, the intense censorship of sexual writing engineered by Anthony Comstock during the last three decades of the nineteenth century, which involved the destruction of more than thirty-six tons of obscene books, (37) has meant that few of the erotic texts that circulated in the nineteenth century, including the antebellum period, have survived.
Another real-life activist, Anthony Comstock, is the archetypal antagonist.
The fourth character, presented in opposition to these determined, outspoken women, is Christian zealot Anthony Comstock who, encouraged by the YMCA, believes he is answering a religious call to rid America of abortionists, birth control, and pornography.
Anthony Comstock is the male general of the enemy army, champion of the forces of patriarchy, fundamentalism, and repression.
Men like Anthony Comstock, a crusader against "immorality," which extended to condoms and medical anatomy textbooks, led the crackdown.
Her passages condemning the very active child sex trade in nineteenth-century America led Anthony Comstock to charge her with obscenity Gage welcomed opposition, believing it would lead to greater publicity for her work.
He points out, for example, one reason why, in the early 1870s, the YMCA's Anthony Comstock thought it was urgent to launch a campaign to outlaw contraceptives.
While much of "NYC Sex" commemorates the contributions of major figures in sexual history--birth control advocate Margaret Sanger, anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, condom mogul Julius Schmid, pin-up artist Alberto Vargas, to name a few--Turner also wanted to get beyond exemplary sexual pioneers to tell the stories of common people.
In addition to adhering to the Hicklin rule, she explains that, in the United States, a major policy turning point came in the 1870s, with the triumphant crusade of anti-vice entrepreneur 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.
Conveniently stepping into the role of chief villain was Anthony Comstock, the late-19th-century antivice zealot who came to symbolize "the Puritan as censor, prurient prude, neurotic, and fool.
The bill was promoted by Anthony Comstock, secretary of the Society for the Suppression of Vice.