On the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that reaffirmed American society’s tolerance of violent but not of sexual images, contributing editor Josh Lambert brings up the mostly forgotten theories of Gershon Legman today in Tablet Magazine. Legman, most of whose Hungarian relatives were slain in the Holocuast, believed that violent images instill a dehumanizing and therefore genocidal mentality in its consumers. The solution, he believed, moving farther out on his limb, is for society to cease repressing its sexual urges, thereby lessening the inclination to violence.

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