As I’m sure most of you are aware, laws criminalizing art as well as adult “obscene” content have been very loosely enforced. In fact, I can’t find a case in the last 8 years. (if you have a recent source, please let me know).
The only law which makes sense is do not send obscene material to minors. But we want to keep obscene materials legal between adults.
How would a group of people go about make their voices heard that we don’t want the obscenity laws enforced? I do not want to see any prosecutions against people for simply downloading or sharing some drawings or 3d models between adults. I also don’t want consensual adult pornography regardless on how “offensive” it is to be criminalized.
I hold this view very strongly because of how unusually harsh the US justice system is when compared to countries in Europe, where heavy fines and suspended sentences are the norm.
Perhaps if I lived in Germany, I wouldn’t feel as angry about the call to enforce obscenity law even if I’d be against such a law, but that is because Germany is a nation (where 94% of convictions result in a severe fine or suspended sentence), and when they do send you to prison, it’s usually in time spans measured in months. Their justice system is based around reform. But in the US, 70% convictions result in automatic imprisonment, and average sentence on the federal level is 4.5 years (earliest release 85%), so the situation is much more serious here.
I genuinely do not want to see people’s lives being ruined, especially over victimless crimes like downloading and sharing fictional characters with other adults.
We have several NGOs advocating for authoritarian measures that entail enforcement against victimless crimes. It’s not irrational to have concern that at some point, the vagueness of the miller standard would be enforced! I want to take a stand against this.