Social Censure

Social Censure

 

in Soviet law, a type of criminal punishment and also a corrective measure used by commissions for minors’ affairs, comrades’ courts, and people’s control agencies. As criminal punishment, social censure consists in the public censure of a guilty person by a court and, where necessary, in bringing this to public attention through the press or by other means. Social censure can only be assigned by the court as a basic punishment. By its nature social censure is an educative and preventive measure, although the person censured by the court is considered to have a criminal record.

The commission for minors’ affairs may censure parents or guardians if they have an incorrect attitude toward children, if they fail to perform their duties in rearing children, or if their minor children have committed legal offenses. The comrades’ court censures persons guilty of violations or other infractions falling within the jurisdiction of comrades’ courts. People’s control groups and units may censure persons who have committed violations of state or production discipline.

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Women who had wildly adored him, and for his sake had braved all social censure and set convention at defiance, were seen to grow pallid with shame or horror if Dorian Gray entered the room.
His reprehensible questioning of gang rape and its modalities -- in context of the criticism his party is receiving over the growing incidents of rape in the state -- reeks of an insensitivity that is inexcusable and yet out of bounds of any form of penalisation, barring social censure.
By displaying parts of their body and sometimes in glittering colors, young women must be achieving some sort of gratification or release of their emotions while anonymity guarantees them immunity from social censure or parental displeasure," said Amal Al-Saleh, a university graduate.
We were also not sure who would be brave enough to run such a story, risking social censure in Jordan or Israel and, in the West, reinforcing what many already believe about Israelis and Arabs -- that they will never find peace.
Hysteria ensued, as did a book contract for Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts With Worry (Jossey-Bass), a manifesto for a fledgling movement of parents struggling against both laws and social censure to give their children at least as much freedom as the chickens they buy at Whole Foods.
Twenty years after the Morgentaler decision the most notable development I see in the field of so-called 'reproductive rights', is the utter lack of social censure that now attends unmarried pregnancy.
The general outcry against the "trading justices" of the metropolis--which brought forth a Parliamentary act in 1792 that effectively curtailed their activities--might appear to suggest that here at least was one group of magistrates who were effectively constrained by social censure.
When unmarried heterosexuals who are not romantically involved don't use a condom, there's more social censure and disapproval, even when the woman is employing other methods of birth control.
Social censure is everywhere, such as the outrage at Yoko Ono's recent images, and is a response to going beyond the boundaries of common decency, usually stemming from a simple lack of common sense.
But isn't the social censure that's rained down (deservedly) on the hard-throwing Macon southpaw, including from his teammates, enough?