The City of Yarra recently removed what it thought were offensive. I wish I had photographed them when I saw them as I walked to work, as they were gone by the time I walked home. So I photographed this one on Brunswick St before it too disappears. I don’t find sexual images offensive. Ads for bogan suburban products like gyms, sugary drinks and gambling, conversely, are gross.

cock before the City of Yarra thought police remove it

before the City of Yarra thought police remove it

4 thoughts on “before the City of Yarra thought police remove it

  • 11 November 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I don’t think it’s a matter of whether this image is offensive to adults; isn’t it more about whether it is an image suitable for general public display?

    Consider: if this image were a still from a film, the film would not be a G or PG, or even M, but probably MA15+. []

    Images in the general domain (ie. in plain view in the urban environment) are surely subject to the same rules.

    Personally I don’t find it offensive. Though if I had a child I would not consider it unreasonable to expect that I have a choice at what age they’re exposed to images of sexual behaviour (in the same way parents take care to choose which books and television shows they show their children), and therefore would question its placement.

  • 11 November 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Brian, no problems with your opinion, but they are a little explicit to be on very public area


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