WHAT IS OBSCENE?

WHAT IS OBSCENE?

By Randy Ford

What is obscene? As a Christian, a writer, a human being , a man, me, WHAT IS OBSCENE is something I have wrestled with for a very long time. As a boy it was something, I struggled with when I first saw magazines of nearly naked women on a drug store news rack, took one, slipped it under my coat, and walked out of the store without paying for the magazine. I then found a place, any place, where I could look at all of the nearly naked women without getting caught. I then threw the dirty magazine away. This became a habit until I was finally caught by a drug store owner.

Then came along porn. And then looking at porn became my secret. I secretly went to porn sites on my computer for a very long time. I don’t know why I stopped. Perhaps it bored me. Still it could become a desire.

Then I became a writer and my wrestling over what is obscene continued. Today I don’t look at porn. I have no desire to.

Take my name: Randy Ford. In most places it is totally acceptable. However randy is an English word, perfectly acceptable English word meaning horny and to some people it is funny, and perhaps to some people it would be considered obscene.

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2 responses to “WHAT IS OBSCENE?

  1. Randy, I work with two definitions of “obscene.” One is my personal view and the other is the view expressed by my character in the novel or short story. As used to say, “Now, mom, those terrible things and words in my novel aren’t done by me; it’s the characters, okay?”

  2. Dan, Thank you. For me it is hard to know what is obscene. Like I said I have been dealing with it for a long time. Randy

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