Should Indecent Art Be Censored?


Some art is obscene and should not be seen.

Q1 Analysis

This may be a Q1 violation if you are against censorship or for artistic freedom.

Q2 Analysis

This may be a Q2 violation if you would not agree to be held to someone else’s standard of what is or is not obscene.


Sometimes, artists create things that some people consider obscene, don’t want to see, or don’t even want to think about. Should artists be allowed to create and display such things? Before deciding to censor indecent art, you must answer several questions:

After considering these questions, look at the list below. Which (if any) of these would you consider worthy of censorship?

You are encouraged to leave your answers to the questions posed in this post in the comments section. This post is based on an excerpt from Ask Yourself to be Moral, by D. Cancilla, available at and See the 2Q system page for details of the philosophical system mentioned in this post.

Posted on June 22, 2010 at 10:17 am by ideclare · Permalink
In: 2Q

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  1. Written by yoyoma111
    on June 27, 2010 at 11:09 pm
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    (BTW you should number/letter these because it makes it easier to reference…ALSO it would be nice to hear the author’s opinion in a “secret” link or pull down menu.)

    I’m pro free-speech. I agree with all of those forms as long as you have a choice not to view them.

    So the following cases I might have a problem with:

    “A topless female statue of Justice in a courthouse.” ~~~As long as anyone can choose to not have the statue there while they are in court.

    “A mason jar filled with one toenail clipping from each homeless person in Los Angeles.”
    ~~~If you asked the homeless and they could refuse it, it’s fine. If you gave them money regardless of whether they gave you a toenail or not, it’s fine (you can’t trade money for toenails because they are not in a fair position).

    “A fake blog pretending to document the life of a teenager who is being abused.”
    ~~~ I take honesty over free speech. A disclaimer upon entering the site and it’s okay, but don’t try deceive anyone. Linking to the site should also produce the disclaimer page…

    All the rest is fine as long as people can choose. FREEDOME FTW BABY!

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