A Behavioral Scientist Looks at Obscenity

  • Michael J. Goldstein
Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 1)


Throughout history, in pictures and in words, man has recorded his preoccupation with the sexual side of his nature. From carvings in the ancient Hindu temples of Kahjurah to the murals uncovered in the ruins of Pompeii, from bawdy Boccaccio to the erotic violence in de Sade, man’s sexuality asserts itself. Confronted with this vivid evidence of irrepressible sexual energy, virtually every age and every culture has chosen to impose its own limits regulating human sexual behavior and its visual or written portrayal through ritual and religion, and most recently by law.


Sexual Behavior Sexual Desire Sexual Attitude Sexual Stimulus Erotic Stimulus 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Goldstein
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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