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Subject: Happy! - Mar 7 (Anthony Comstock)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 07 Mar 06 - 08:23 AM


Happy Birthday!

Anthony Comstock

was born 3/7/1844
(d.9/21/1915)

He led a crusade against eroticism in literature and in other forms of expression. In 1873 he founded the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice with which he was responsible for the destruction of 160 tons of literature and pictures. He also secured stricter U.S. postal laws against bawdy materials. (Look up Comstock Laws some day - happily, all - or nearly all - are finally gone.) Definitely not a nice guy.

        Smut, give me smut and nothing but, a dirty novel I can't shut
        If it's uncut, and unsubtle
        I've never quibbled, if it was ribald,
        I have devoured where others merely nibbled,
        And as the judge remarked the day that he acquitted my Aunt Hortense,
        To be smut it must be utterly without redeeming social importance.
        Pornographic pictures I adore, indecent magazines galore,
        I like them more, if they're hard-core.

                "Smut," © Tom Lehrer, DigTrad filename[ SMUTT

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