obscenity

Comics!

The Obscene Comic That Got Its Artist Thrown in Jail Is Back

Mike Diana's 'Boiled Angel' rises again at Superchief Gallery LA.
DJ Pangburn
7.11.17
Stuff

The Pervert Who Changed America: How Larry Flynt Fought the Law and Won

Larry Flynt was a hardcore porn pioneer, a born-again Christian, an antagonist of the women's movement, and a First Amendment crusader. What will he leave behind?
Drew Millard
12.11.16
Film

This Cartoonist was the First American Criminally Convicted of Obscenity

'The Trial of Mike Diana' is a documentary that will absolutely not be safe for work.
Giaco Furino
11.11.16
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Porn Is Destroying America, Says GOP

Republicans recently added an amendment to their platform that calls pornography a "a public health crisis."
VICE Staff
7.11.16
FIGHTLAND

Why Male Fighters Call Each Other Bitches

We talked to a renowned expert on swearing about the role of gender-based obscenity in fighters' trash talk.
Jeff Harder
5.25.16
Stuff

How an Iconic Zine's Indecency Trial Exposed a Web of Police Corruption

In 1970, the counterculture magazine <i>OZ</i> got a load of school kids to edit an issue full of naked women and ads for sex toys, which didn't go down too well with the Met's Obscene Publication Squad.
Rob Baker
3.7.16
Broadly

Who's Afraid Of Vagina Art?

Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi was arrested for making vagina sculptures. Meanwhile, at Kawasaki's annual Festival of the Steel Phallus, massive penis statues are paraded around with impunity. We went to Japan to find out why.
Broadly Staff
8.15.15
Hulk Hogan

The Hulk Hogan Versus Gawker Showdown Has Been Indefinitely Postponed

The trial may not take place until next year.
Maria Bustillos
7.6.15
Internet

PayPal Cuts Off Reddit Clone Voat Over 'Obscenity'

“Now I see why the Roman Republic fell.”
Rachel Pick
6.23.15
emoji

The Middle Finger Emoji Could Land You in Jail in the UAE

Using middle finger emojis and “insulting words” on apps can result in jail or deportation.
Mari Shibata
6.18.15
politics

US Customs Is Required to Seize Your Dick Pics When You Cross the Border

But porn is OK as long as it’s available on airport magazine racks.
Alex Richardson
4.22.15
Stuff

What Is Obscene?

The same people who get upset about 'American Psycho' or 'Irreversible' or 'A Serbian Film' or de Sade or whatever other kind of work that incorporates nasty language or violence are the same ones who begin their day watching 'The View' and Kelly Ripa...
Blake Butler and Giancarlo DiTrapano
2.5.13
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