COMM 102 Chapter Notes - Chapter 12: Meese Report, Child Pornography, Disinhibition

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Sexually explicit: media depictions of individuals engaging in various kinds of sexual activities. Sexual content in media has important implications b/c of perceived connections with age of sex, teenage pregnancy, and numbers of people with stds. The nature of sexual content: the degree of sexual explicitness (their ratings) in media content usually depends upon how much is left to the imagination. Meese commission (1986) classified 5 types of materials as porn: Nonviolent sexual materials that depict instances of degrading or humiliating activities, or scenes of domination and subordination. Nonviolent sexual materials without degrading activities (typically consensual sex of a couple) Child pornography: obscenity: legally defined in 1973 in the miller v. california case; to be obscene three criteria must be met: The material appeals to a prurient (shameful, sick, morbid, or lustful) interest in sex. The material is patently offensive or beyond the contemporary community standards regarding depictions of sexual content or activity.

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