I wrote this post while in LA a fortnight ago, and found it lurking in my drafts just now. Belatedly, then, I feel compelled to celebrate my stay in Los Angeles by congratulating Judge Alex Kozinski for having a (somewhat sophomoric) sense of humour, incuding about sex. Kozinski is chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which sits in southern California. He’s presiding over a trial in which the definition of “obscenity” is in play. Ira Isaacs has made videos in which naked woman get their faces smeared with shit. He says it’s art, other think it is the basest form of porn. Kozinski’s courtroom will decide.
Uncomfortably for the judge, he recently shared some mildy lewd YouTube videos with his family. Guy tries to piss in field, gets charged by angry donkey (who happens also to sport recent evidence of penile exposure), runs away trying to hold his pants up.That sort of thing. Schoolboy humour at best. And at worst. In this puritanical land, that gave him enough fishnet stocking to hang himself with.
And this in a town that gave me one of my all time favourite (though very disturbing) studies of HIV transmission in primary infection: porn star has unprotected on-screen sex with 13 women in the three weeks between testing HIV negative and testing HIV positive. He infected three of them. Not all that suprising, since one of the acts was “double anal sex”. In LA, that’s not obscenity, that’s business. But a judge can’t share a puerile snigger at daft videos with his wife. Go figure.
If you want to make your own ruling on donkey porn, here you go: