Is Comstockery to be our best expression of the most vital matter of existence?
There it is in a few words—a complete and perfect treatise on Comstockery!
His chapters on the psychology of war hysteria and of Comstockery are acute and constructive.
Comstockery, as we know it, is apparently an organized effort to regulate the morals of the people.
It is no exaggeration to say that Comstockery is the arch enemy of society.
But the frightful results of Comstockery, as applied to life and to real purity, cannot be so lightly passed over.
By what extraordinary process does Comstockery conjure decency into the stomach and indecency into the bowels?
Besides, the average mother, if she will but admit the truth, is ashamed to talk with her daughter about Comstockery things.
1905, from Anthony Comstock (1844-1915), founder of New York Society for the Suppression of Vice (1873) and self-appointed crusader against immorality, + -ery. Coined by George Bernard Shaw after Comstock objected to "Mrs. Warren's Profession." "Comstockery is the world's standing joke at the expense of the United States" [Shaw, "New York Times," Sept. 26, 1905]. The Comstock lode, silver vein in Nevada, was discovered 1859 and first worked by U.S. prospector H.T.P. Comstock (1820-1870).