This survey was supported by a Commission on Obscenity and Pornography contract awarded to Gerald Wehmer, while he and the author were at Wayne State University; portions of this article are based on a report submitted to the Commission in fulfillment of that contract (Wallace, Wehmer, & Podany, 1971).
Obscenity and Contemporary Community Standards: A Survey1
Article first published online: 14 APR 2010
1973 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 29, Issue 3, pages 53–68, Summer 1973
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Wallace, D. H. (1973), Obscenity and Contemporary Community Standards: A Survey. Journal of Social Issues, 29: 53–68. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.1973.tb00088.x
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- Article first published online: 14 APR 2010
Erotic materials may be declared legally obscene only after they have passed a series of tests, one being the application of “contemporary community standards.” A survey of 1083 adult volunteers from the Detroit Metropolitan Area indicated that there was no single standard used by the respondents in their evaluation of a series of erotic pictures. Significant differences between “sexual liberals” and “sexual conservatives” were obtained for several picture rating dimensions.