It doesn't matter, says Michael Stabile, reviewing the obscenity conviction of porn producer Ira Isaacs:

Obviously Hollywood Scat Amateurs #10 was never intended to be art, and that’s the real problem with the art argument: it covers up what’s truly valuable about these films, which is that they allow us to critique of the notion of obscenity itself. The California obscenity statute defines "prurience" as "a morbid, degrading, unhealthy interest in sex." But this sells all sexual minorities down the river. Is it more degrading to see a representation of your desire, or be deemed "perverted" by the state? In 2012, should the state still be passing judgment on the consensual sex lives of others?