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Fuck


Christopher M. Fairman


Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

March 2006

Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 59
Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies Working Paper Series No. 39

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This Article is as simple and provocative as its title suggests: it explores the legal implications of the word fuck. The intersection of the word fuck and the law is examined in four major areas: First Amendment, broadcast regulation, sexual harassment, and education. The legal implications from the use of fuck vary greatly with the context. To fully understand the legal power of fuck, the nonlegal sources of its power are tapped. Drawing upon the research of etymologists, linguists, lexicographers, psychoanalysts, and other social scientists, the visceral reaction to fuck can be explained by cultural taboo. Fuck is a taboo word. The taboo is so strong that it compels many to engage in self-censorship. This process of silence then enables small segments of the population to manipulate our rights under the guise of reflecting a greater community. Taboo is then institutionalized through law, yet at the same time is in tension with other identifiable legal rights. Understanding this relationship between law and taboo ultimately yields fuck jurisprudence.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 78

Keywords: Cohen, Pacifica, First Amendment, psycholinguistics

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K19, K40, K42

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Date posted: April 17, 2006  

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Fairman, Christopher M., Fuck (March 2006). Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 59; Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies Working Paper Series No. 39. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=896790 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.896790

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Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )
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