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Despite the pornography

Sigurd Evensmo about Bjørneboes Without a Thread. Orientering No. 37, 1966

(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)

When the police arrest a book, perhaps to have it sentenced to life in prison, the protests come spontaneously and forcefully, and it is a matter of healthy public opinion. Very few have read the book, but it is not the product in question that is the main issue for most Protestants. It lies in the struggle for a precious principle; freedom of expression in Norway, and people's right to decide for themselves about their reading.

But because the interventions are now aimed exclusively at "fornication" books, there is an obvious risk that the protest movement will be burdened with a confusing mix of principles and pornography.

No book becomes valuable just because it is burned or confiscated. But thanks to the prosecution, pornography gets a kind of crown of martyrdom, at least an indulgent and accepting goodwill, because it has been so lucky to play the role of representative of freedom of expression in the acute conflict.

Then it may be time to highlight the view that pornography is a cost of having full freedom of expression in a country, something we may want to endure in order not to put real values ​​at stake in the next round.

Pornography is a cost of having full freedom of expression in a country, something we may want to endure in order not to put real values ​​at stake in the next round.

In this broader, cultural context, it becomes more necessary than before -
not least in our own, radical circles – to create greater clarity about what pornography is, and above all to make a boundary between pornography and other literature that treats sexuality in an open and bold way.

[…] I would like to emphasize that these considerations were written before the Bjørneboe case. . .

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