Obscenity is Fun!
It's a good sign, if you ask me, when your christmas gift comes with a letter like this
one (boldface text highlighted by Matt):
> As requested in a letter from your client, Mr. Chris Staros, dated October 3, 2006,
> please be advised that I have now completed my review of the goods, namely a boxed set
> of three graphic novels, entitled [_Lost Girls_](http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog.php?type=12&title=219). The three graphic novels were reviewed in
> full, and were found not to fall within the provisions of [_Customs Tariff_ item 9899.00.00](http://www3.sympatico.ca/toshiya.k.ncl/d9-1-1-2-04-98.htm).
> This boxed set was found to contain **depictions and descriptions of incest** and
> **bestiality**, which are indicators of **obscenity** under current Canada Border Services
> Agency guidelines. However, these depictions and descriptions are **integral** to the
> development of an intricate, imaginative and artfully rendered storyline. When
> considering the "**internal necessities**" test, it appears that, in this instance, the portrayal of
> sex is necessary to a wider artistic and literary purpose. As a result, it is my opinion that
> this boxed set does not constitute obscenity.
> The boxed set was also found to contain depictions and descriptions of sexual acts
> **involving persons under the age of 18**. However, it would appear that these
> representations serve a legitimate purpose related to art and to the very detailed story
> about the **sexual awakening and development** of the three [main](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_%28Alice%27s_Adventures_in_Wonderland%29) [female](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Gale) [characters](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Pan).
> Furthermore, it is my opinion that this item does not pose an undue risk of harm to
> persons under the age of 18 years. As a result, it is my opinion that this boxed set does
> not constitute child pornography.
> As the boxed set entitled _Lost Girls_ does not constitute obscenity or child
> pornography, it does not fall within the provisions of tariff item 9899.00.00. Its
> importation into Canada is therefore allowed.
I've already read the "boxed set entitled _Lost Girls_," and it's pretty impressive. Good
writing, although it could have done without the last page and a half of book three, which was
just wankery of a different sort, if you ask me, but other than that it was a lot better than
I expected. It really was _erotica_, as opposed to _pornography_.
I would [recommend it](http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/2006/06/lost-girls-redux.html), but... well, truth be told I'm not sure many of you reading this would enjoy it.
It's pretty bent in some places, and really does have to be read in its entirety to appreciate it.