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By Kenneth Kammeyer

The USA this day is a hypersexual society. Sexual discourse, erotica, and pornography are pervasive within the tradition. Sexual fabrics, repeatedly extending into erotica and pornography, are present in the patron international, academia, intercourse remedy, the publishing international, mass media (especially radio, tv and films) and the net. The sexual fabrics present in these kinds of parts of yank society impress relentless competition by way of teams and people who are looking to repress or censor sexual fabrics. The mixed results of these who advertise and convey sexual fabrics, and people who try and supress them, upload as much as a cacophony of sexual discourse.

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Such was the case when the Taliban, around the year 2000, controlled Afghanistan and imposed its rigid Islamic beliefs on the population. The Taliban’s strict beliefs prohibited all forms of sexual display (women were made to wear burkas, photographic images of women in any mode of dress or undress were strictly forbidden). This gave the fundamentalist Islamic party power over what the Afghan people could see or do. S.

For Foucault, power represents the capacity to name, define standards for, and regulate acceptable beliefs and behavior, along with the ability to critique, restrict, and repress opposing viewpoints and behaviors (Foucault, History of Sexuality, 82–85). In striving for power, all discourses inevitably provoke the resistance—and consequently the competing THEORETICAL FOUNDATION AND CONCEPTUAL TOOLS 21 struggles for power—of those with different positions and interests (Foucault 1978, 95). Our major interest here is on the three modes of sexual discourse and their ongoing struggle for power in our society.

The first real challenge to the Hicklin test occurred in 1933, when a case involving James Joyce’s Ulysses came before the Supreme Court. This groundbreaking case, United States v. One Book Entitled Ulysses, established a new standard for obscenity (Moretti 1984, 3); it ruled that a work should be judged as a whole, “not on the alleged obscene nature of isolated passages” (Moretti 1984, 3). The Ulysses case was not the end of the Hicklin obscenity standard, however, since the Court also ruled that a work was obscene if it was intended to “stir .

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