Flipping 'The Bird' Just Isn't Obscene Anymore, Law Professor Argues

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February 2012


American University law professor Ira Robbins makes the case that the digitus impudicus (as it was known back in ancient Rome), just isn't obscene anymore."Is it inappropriate? That's another question," he tells NPR's Audie Cornish. But, he says, "it doesn't mean what it used to mean."