they know it when they see it

obscene [click to embiggen]

I’d bet you any amount of money that men fought tooth and nail to be on the committee that reviewed things for their lasciviousness.


Mr Bugg is holding a book in one hand, his other arm thrown up in what I am choosing to believe is astonishment, his eyes wide. Mrs Bugg, meanwhile, is walking away smiling, her postperson’s messenger bag over her shoulder, duty done.

The text reads: “Buggarch 3, 1873: Censorship in the UBA makes it illegal to send a book by post that is obscene, lewd or lascivious.”