n Law, Democracy & Development - Pornography is going on-line : the harm principle in Dutch law

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



The pornography of 19th century Victorian society, Steven Marcus observes in , gave expression to a fantasy that exactly mirrored the public ideal image of chastity in reverse reflection. As exemplary of Victorian morality, Marcus refers to an 1857 treatise on human sexuality, , by the physician William Acton. Unlike Freud, Acton maintained that healthy children hardly manifest any sexual feelings. For youngsters who give in to titillations an ill fate awaits: "His intellect has become sluggish and enfeebled, and if his evil habits are persisted in, he may end in becoming a drivelling idiot or a peevish valetudinarian."

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