SEXUAL McCARTHYISM by J. Brad Hicks
by J. Brad Hicks
I'd like to thank the witness in advance for appearing before this Commit-
tee. I'm sure that you are aware of the seriousness of the matter we are
investigating and that you'll cooperate fully, both for your own good and for
the good of your Country. Now É are you, or is anyone that you know, involved
in the production or distribution of erotic or pornographic materials? Have
you ever committed an act of adultery or sodomy? Would you like to reconsider
that answer? Have you at any time been aroused by obscene or perverted ma-
terials? Isn't it true that you have fantasized about rape, violence, casual
sexual encounters, or adultery while viewing or listening to erotic materials?
I would like to remind you that a record is being made of your statements.
Are you now, or have you ever been involved in the defense of the so-called
"rights" of prostitutes, rapists, homosexuals, child molesters, or other
sexual criminals? This will be easier for you and for all of us if you co-
operate more fully. Do you know of anyone who now advocates, or has ever
advocated, a "sexual revolution"?
All we want is the answers to a few simple questions. The American people
have a right to know! Do you believe in the Bible? Have you ever looked on
a woman with lust in your heart? Have you at any time in your life ever used
strong pornography, alcohol, or drugs to arouse another person, or to weaken
their resistance to your advances? Have you at any time engaged in erotic or
perverted acts while someone else could see, or allowed others to do so? Tell
me, do you consider yourself a good American? Isn't it true that you have
spoken and written criticisms of this committee and its lawfully-appointed
mission? Have you ever contracted or communicated a sexually transmitted
disease or parasite? Has anyone ever approached you about selling erotic
materials, or attempting to persuade others to purchase pornography? Could
you please speak more loudly? Would you please tell us who, among your
acquaintances, is a homosexual, bisexual, or lesbian?
Please refrain from making speeches and just answer the questions! Have you
ever taken photographs, movies, or videotapes of members of your family while
they were nude, or engaged in sexual activity? I warn you that we may have to
find you in contempt of the Senate. Isn't it true that you have criticised
duly appointed law enforcement officials for the performance of their duty?
Please remember that you are under oath. Could you state, for the record,
your position on the subject of feminism? Have you, or has anyone you know
ever degraded a woman by paying to watch her dance while nude or topless?
Have you at any time in your life ever used obscene or pornographic materials
to persuade someone to commit unnatural acts? Are you aware of the penalties
for perjury? Do you ever touch your genitals in public, or allow others to
see them? Have you, or has anyone you know ever campaigned or or spoken
against stronger and stricter enforcement of obscenity laws?
Are you attempting to make light of these hearings? Contempt of the Senate
is punishable by up to 25 years in jail! Are you now, or have you ever been
addicted to sex? I'm afraid that answer isn't responsive. Has anyone ever
asked you to produce, appear in, distribute, or view, or procure a porno-
graphic movie or videotape? Would you please amplify on that answer? Isn't
it true that you and others you know have conspired to use the First Amendment
to shield obscene, perverted, or erotic materials? Have you ever spoken with
or been seen in the company of a prostitute? Can you explain to the American
public your apparent reluctance about speaking to this committee? Is there
anything that you aren't telling us? Certainly an honest, decent citizen
would have nothing to hide.