Of course when porn/ erotica was still banned in the US and Australia, there was the famous Justice Felix Frankfurter test. After reading the offending material the Judge decided that the angle of excitement and arousal would be the ultimate test and determinant of the material being found obscene or not.
There was endless discussion between different judges on different angles but after much toeing and froein, a degree of more than ninety percent from the floor up to the body was deemed obscene and therefore banned. Anyway the judge, after due and diligent deliberations, would retire to chambers and come back (somewhat dishevelled and flushed looking) to give the verdict. “Ninety six percent” he would announce kindly but firmly. The publisher turned pale. A doomed man and his business.
DHL’s Lady Chatterley was banned for years in Australia and there were dangerous angles everywhere, especially on those diesel buses that used to vibrate violently backwards and forwards. For lonely bachelor single migrants it was the best on offer, especially considering there was a shortage of women. I read on an overhead rail bridge a very sad message; “Australia, a country with no women”. What could you do?’ I remember here were protests of allowing so many single men to migrate to Australia without also encouraging females to come. But in those days, there were huge mining and hydro electric projects to be build, women were shop girls or domestics, hardly seen as productive to put Australia on the world’s economic map. Now of course a different matter. We now have history in the making again with a brilliant female,Annastacia Palaszczuk trouncing the male Premier Campbell Newman, in Queensland, with a massive seismic shift from conservatives (liberal) to labor. A land-slide. A man loosing his own seat and a Premier! How sweet it is.
I am still jubilant but not too excited. No angle at all.