Naked Statutes

Friday, January 13, 2012


On Tuesday, The Supreme Court heard arguments over the constitutionality of the government’s rules regarding indecent TV programming. In particular, what was at issue is whether the FCC can regulate indecency between 6am and 10pm. (Broadcasters are already given more latitude after 10pm, presumably after the kids have gone to bed.) Bob spoke with Slate's Dahlia Lithwick whose article about the arguments is titled Ifs, Ands, And Butts.

Comments [2]

John E from Oakland, CA

Can I just say, I appreciate the irony but there's a big difference between children seeing naked people and children seeing violence or hearing bad language on tv.

Given I do not have children, and I am definitely more on the side of decensorship all together, I would say there's a fundamental issue in the US with the naked human form. I am not opposed to keeping pornography from our young viewer's eyes, however I think that hiding the human anatomy from our children only perpetuates body image issues and (to an extent) negative feelings toward sexuality.

This is not an issue in Europe or other countries, why must we be so hung up on something that isn't a big deal. I think these next generations, particularly with google image search at their tiny finger tips, can deal with seeing Bart Simpson's bare buttock on prime time and not be morally wounded.

Jan. 20 2012 02:08 PM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

This story was great fun!

Jan. 19 2012 01:36 PM

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