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The exploitive pictures违禁图片

(2009-05-21 16:12:43)
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Dilemmas 38

The exploitive pictures

Now at last, hands shaking slightly, Maurice opens the final black case obscene publications and pulls out a sealed envelope marked in big letters ‘SEX’. His hands hesitate a moment with the paper cutter, then he almost seems to hear the voice of James Greenwood speaking to him across the years from a century ago in London.

It is always better, if possible, to show what a thing is in its own shape and colour than to endeavour to describe it. Half the abuses and miseries that, as a civilized nation, disgrace us, might be cured if the public could be brought to view them with its own eyes instead of trusting to the evidence of those of other folk. Undoubtedly it is very convenient to rely on hearsay, but there can be no question that it fosters dilatoriness and a neglect of individual duty, and should therefore be discouraged as far as possible. People believe only half what they hear, and, though it may concern never so grave a grievance, are content to do no more than join in the general lukewarm cry of condemnation, leaving the vigorous application of remedy to those who have inquired into what is amiss, and who are therefore in a position to know all about it. It is so with this iniquitous boy literature and the sudden outcry against it. Everybody believe it to be odious and abominable because everybody says so: and so the dog, and most deservedly, gets a bad name, but he is not hanged; he is simple avoided. Because he is such a mangy, ill-looking cur, offensive alike to the nose and to the touch, all decent people shrink away from him. But he would much rather have their room than company, and grins to himself as they give him the path, and permit him to continue his career of ravening and rending. He must be discovered in the act of mauling one of our little ones before we are moved to take hold of the brute and strangle him.

Out falls a sheaf of lurid pictures including two graphic images of naked women. In one, ‘Meluisine’, Melusine’s bosom is exposed( she is apparently bathing), and there is a hint of auto-eroticism in the position of her hands. This one, at least, is in black and white. Another, in full colour, shows a naked women standing apparently in a seashell, again with hands suggestively placed. A third shows several naked men and women in some sort of wall painting.

These last pictures, he notes, are based on originals on public display in ltaly in churches! These foreigners! Maurice has private collection of images garnered from previous consideration of the so-called satirical prints of London’s underclasses engaged in sexy escapades by a men called Thomas Rowlandson(1756-1827), and is as unshockable as the next, but it looks to him like pornography.

But where do you draw the line?

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最后毛瑞思用他颤抖的手打开了最后一个装有淫秽出版物的箱子,拿出了一个标有一个大大的“性”字的密封信封。他手拿裁纸刀犹豫了半晌,仿佛听到了詹姆斯·格林伍德在一个世纪以前伦敦时的说话声。

如果可能的话,展示一件事物的外形与颜色要比详尽的描述它更好一些。如果公众能够依靠自己的眼睛来考量这些东西而不只是相信他人的说法的话,起码一半使我们这个体面的民族蒙羞的恶习与苦恼或许会被治愈。毫无疑问,道听途说十分便捷,但同样毫无疑问的是这助长了对个人义务的怠慢和疏忽,因此导致了自卑情结的弥漫。虽然从来没有如此严正关切抱怨,人们对他们所道听途说的东西半信半疑,他们仅仅只是满足于冷淡的指责性的叫嚣,而却从来不向那些对问题的结症作出调查且对问题认识全面的人寻求解决问题的办法。所以对这男孩的资料来说,突然面临一种公然的叫嚣反对,这是不公正的。每个人都认为它是令人作呕的以及罪大恶极的,因为他们这么说:就像狗一样,其理所当然地应该获得一个恶名,但是其却没有被吊死;他活了下来,因为他是如此污秽不堪,病态的杂种,令人避之不及,所有体面的人都会离他远远的。但是他却因此获得了更多的生存空间,暗爽于人们给了他一条道路,默许了他继续自己的掠夺与破坏的生涯。在他撕食我们的孩子的时候,我们必须发现他,抓住这个畜生并掐死他。

在一捆骇人听闻的图片中包括了几张裸体女人的图片。其中一张,‘Meluisine1的图片,她胸膛裸露(显然她肯定是在水里游着),而她双手的姿态明显的有色情暗示。这一张至少还只是一张黑白的图片。而另一张却完全是彩色的,一个裸体女人站在一个贝壳里,她的手也是在放在敏感位置。还有一张上面则是一幅画着许多裸体男女的壁画。

他发现最后几张竟然在意大利的教堂里公开展出!这些外国人!毛瑞思有个私人收藏,一些所谓的关于伦敦的低级阶层的性恶作剧讽刺画,它们出自一个名叫托马斯·罗兰德桑的人(1756-1827)之手,虽然其相对而言并不那么令人震惊,但是对毛瑞思来说这似乎也是色情作品。

你会如何制定标准呢?

1 Meluisine是欧洲民间传奇当中的女性水神(或精灵),人身蛇尾。

译自《101 Ethical dilemmas second edition p63-p64  by MARTIN COHEN  published by Routledge in 2007

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