A sign at a July 2022 abortion-rights protest in Santa Monica, California, recalls the country’s long history of trying to restrict access to reproductive health care.
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US history suggests that Republican efforts to restrict reproductive rights will be difficult to enforce and widely reviled, undermining their effectiveness – and ultimately causing their demise.
Judge’s copy: the copy of the novel belonging to the judge in the case was acquired by Bristol University in 2019.
By courtesy of the University of Bristol Library Special Collections DM2936, photograph by Jamie Carstairs.
The obscenity trial was a landmark decision that provided a “public good” defence for serious literature.
A self-portrait of George Platt Lynes from 1952.
Gelatin silver print, 7-5/8 × 9 in. From the Collections of the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University. © Estate of George Platt Lynes.
Lynes was a highly sought-after commercial and fashion photographer in the 1930s and 1940s. But he had to keep his most important body of work hidden away.
Step this way …
The late QC Jeremy Hutchinson only got away with it because the prosecution weren’t quicker on the uptake.
The original scroll on which the Marquis de Sade wrote the draft of ‘The 120 Days of Sodom.’
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Arguably the most obscene and offensive work of fiction ever written is going to be sold in America as a mainstream classic for the first time.
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Is this magazine cover too racy – or did other factors make newsagents decide not to stock Archer?
When a Google search can summon any image you like online, it seems anachronistic to hear of a print publication supposedly encountering distribution problems on the basis of its content. Yet that’s just…