Anthony Comstock


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Noun1.Anthony Comstock - United States reformer who led moral crusades against art and literature that he considered obscene (1844-1915)
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Weingarten describes the unlikely alliance of US postal inspector and antiabortion activist Anthony Comstock and birth control advocate Margaret Sanger.
The moral crusader Anthony Comstock was made a special agent of the Post Office, and he spent the next 42 years vigorously enforcing the new law.
Anthony Comstock, the most notorious of these crusaders, started out in New York as a stock clerk in a dry-goods store, which may explain why, in his new career as a public scourge, he failed at first to intimidate the city's tough and amply bribed cops and judges into prosecuting obscenity.
It might as well have, because the organization that became infamous under Anthony Comstock had the power to suppress whatever it didn't like.
Anthony Comstock was the Postal Inspector in charge of cleaning up the mail and suppressing the vice in this country during one of its repressive periods in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
As Wheeler observes, there are studies of Anthony Comstock and his colleagues in the late nineteenth century, and the issue has also generated controversy among feminists in recent decades.
William Calley, Alberto Fujimori, Adolf Eichmann, Emma Goldman, Aleister Crowley, Anthony Comstock, Patty Hearst, Ivan the Terrible, Pierre Laval, Timothy Leary, Huey Newton, Benito Mussolini, Judas Iscariot, Pope Urban VI, Robin Hood, Vidkun Quisling, Juan and Eva Peron, and Emiliano Zapata.
Men like Anthony Comstock, a crusader against "immorality," which extended to condoms and medical anatomy textbooks, led the crackdown.
While much of "NYC Sex" commemorates the contributions of major figures in sexual history--birth control advocate Margaret Sanger, anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, condom mogul Julius Schmid, pin-up artist Alberto Vargas, to name a few--Turner also wanted to get beyond exemplary sexual pioneers to tell the stories of common people.