Porn defined on ANC's Media in Focus: Only unattractive breasts allowed

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Posted at Apr 18 2008 02:55 AM | Updated as of Apr 18 2008 10:55 AM

''Breasts that look like dried prunes not porn'--Manoling Morato

One breast, according to former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chair Manuel ‘Manoling’ Morato, is permissible on film. Two breasts equal pornography--with exceptions. 

In a Media in Focus episode discussing the controversy surrounding the maiden launch of Playboy Philippines, host Luchi Cruz-Valdes (sitting in for Cheche Lazaro) asked Morato what he believed constituted pornography. Morato, who claimed Playboy should never have been brought to the Philippines, quoted Justice Holmes of the United States Supreme Court--"When I see it, I know it."

Congressman Bienvenido Abante of the 6th District of Manila defined pornography as that which can "arouse."

Valdes then asked, "What level of arousal are we talking about when we define pornography as something that arouses?"

Abante said that men do not buy men's magazines to arouse their intellect. "There's only one thing that arouses," said Abante. "Sex."

The culprit
Abante believes that specific legislation against pornography is necessary.

Valdes asked, "Why do we need a legal solution to what is essentially a moral dilemma?"

"It is to protect the welfare of the people," Abante argued. "It is to protect the moral of the people. It is to protect the culture of the people. It is to be able to decrease the commission of a crime. We have too many teenage pregnancies today. We have many rapes, even incest. Why? Because of many of these magazines."

He then told the story of a televangelist who made a statement many years ago when he was caught having sex with a prostitute. There were many men's magazines found in his car when it was searched.

Abante then went on to explain the televangelist's actions. "And you know what he said? 'That's the culprit. The reason I go to a prostitute is because these are the magazines that arouse my fleshly interest.'"

One breast, to the side
Morato, who served as chief censor from 1986 to 1992, defended the MTRCB rules of his time, and the fact that they allowed single-breast exposure. Valdes asked if he agreed with the rules that specified that one breast could be shown, not two.

It depends, said Morato. It is all right if the breast is shown sideways and nudged slightly into sight, but not if the full breast is shown.

He claimed it was precisely what the rules dictated.

Three breasts, an exaggeration
Valdes asked again if Morato agreed with the rules that the showing of one breast is moral.

Morato answered that during film director Armida Siguion-Reyna's term as head of the MTRCB, she allowed the exposure of three breasts.

"That's an oddity," Valdes commented.

It was, said Morato, a manifestation of how Siguion-Reyna's administration exaggerated its duties.

Two breasts, unattractive
Valdes attempted to ask the question again. "Some people will say, two breasts: pornographic. One breast: acceptable. What is it for you?"

Morato responded that he believed there was an exception to the one-breast rule.

"You know I did allow that film with two-breast exposure. I forgot the name of that, it was, I think, Fatal Attraction. But the breasts of that actress, what's her name--"

"Glenn Close, I think," supplied Valdes.

"--were like prunes," Morato said. "They looked dried, like a prune, and it wasn't tempting at all. I allowed it all."

Valdes followed up. "So it's okay to show breasts as long as they're as big as prunes?"

"No, they were dried as prunes. They were regular breasts, but they were not attractive."