Dying frightened gasps of old men in suits [Censorship protects the position of those who censor and part of this corruption is the endemic abuse of girls and women.] APAFT

Dement, Linda. Dying frightened gasps of old men in suits [Censorship protects the position of those who censor and part of this corruption is the endemic abuse of girls and women.] [online]. Artlink, v.18, no.3, Sept 1998: 17-21. Availability: ISSN: 0727-1239. [cited 09 Mar 11]

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” …A society that censors is a society that lies to itself about its nature… “

 

Censorship, suppression, exclsion, the destruction of materials, the ability to threaten, the raised fist hovering: these are acts of violence.

 

Photographer Jasmine Hirst had an exhibition for her Master of Arts graduation. A man left a threat on her .work telling her You are a dog You belong in prison and saying he would come back and do violence to her. http://www.saatchionline.com/jasminemakeart,

He said it isn’t true what she says, it doesn’t happen. She’s a liar. Because she was saying these terrible things about incest and rape, up there, on the wall, in public, she was actually doing it in order to hurt him, to disturb his world. She was therefore wrong. She had to be wrong. She deserved punishment. He saw himself as the authority, with the right and responsibility to take control and maintain the status quo that protected his world.

 

His attempt at censorship was supported by the arts institution through their obstructive inaction. Complaints were made over and over through all the right channels. Hirst was shunted from department to department, from cancelled appointment to cancelled appointment. Eventually she left the school and when she continued to ask what was to be done she was told that she was no longer a student and therefore they couldn’t do anything. The issue was never arbitrated by the powers that be because they are just that the powers that be.

 

Porn, violence, obscenity, immorality, legal or illegal, they have their places – under the counter, in the sealed section, up the Cross, in the brothel, behind closed doors at home. They are subject to censorship only when out of bounds.

 

Annie Sprmkle could do all the sex work she wants in dark and private places, brothels and strip shows, but when she turns it to public performance, she is disallowed: February 1998 – Annie Spnnkle not permitted to perform in Sydney.

 

Beautiful teenagers can pretend to be tortured and fucked for the pleasures of old men but not in an ‘art’ film criticising the obscenity of political power: March 1998 Sala by Pasolini re-banned (had screened here since 1993).

 

Women can be raped and men and women mutilated and murdered on prime time TV but the B-grade story of~’ a woman killing to avenge her rape cannot: April 1998 – 1Spit all your grave banned (had been available on video in Australia for 10 years).

 

Censorship is about as effective as prohibition.

 

Censorship is a about protecting those  who censor. It’s a neurotic denial, an hysterical attempt to enforce a boundary between the acceptable and unacceptable, by suppressing and destroying anything from the wrong side.

 

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