In Massachusetts, the commonwealth passed a law making it a felony to possess obscene materials and set up an antismut
1969; Lloyd Holbeck, "100 Picket Adult Center After Antismut
Meeting," CA, 3 Oct.
Arvin, a respected scholar of Melville and Hawthorne, was ruined in 1960 when an "antismut
" campaign spurred his arrest for possession of the sort of homoerotic photographs that today are used to sell pricey ready-to-wear from Abercrombie & Fitch.
Before Charles Keating helped precipitate the S&L crisis, his main claim to fame was as an antismut
His career, along with the forces that brought him to power and those his antismut
campaigns unleashed, suggests that there's far more to fear in the N.E.A.