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The Bush Administration, Sex and the Moral Agenda$
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Edward Ashbee

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719072765

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719072765.001.0001

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Obscenity and indecency

Obscenity and indecency

(p.137) 5 Obscenity and indecency
The Bush Administration, Sex and the Moral Agenda

Ashbee Edward

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the policies of George W. Bush against indecency and obscenity. It explains the impact of the appointment of John Ashcroft as Attorney-General on these policies, and cites data indicating that the application of the law and the pursuit of the pornography industry appear to have had widespread backing that extended well beyond the ranks of the Christian right. The chapter suggests that the vigour with which the indecency issue was pursued by the administration and many Congressional Republicans, and the lack of action against obscenity, are tied together. It also discusses the administration's focus on television and radio indecency to compensate for their inability to curb obscenity in any sustained way.

Keywords:   George W. Bush, indecency, obscenity, John Ashcroft, Attorney-General, Christian right, pornography industry, television indecency, radio indecency

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