The media news for penises.
The cover of yesterday’s New York Times Magazine, illustrating a story about Michelangelo’s David:
Shocking! A penis in the NYT! The word penis, quite a lot, but photographs, sculptures, drawings, etc. of penises, no. They would be at the very least crude, tasteless, and offensive, at the worst dangerous, because viewing them (so the story goes) is by its very nature damaging to sensitive people: to women in general, to children in general, hence especially to girls.
There is a customary Fine Art Exemption to the general ban on penises (or accurate representations of them) in “family publications” (where the sensitive might come across them). This clause exempts penises in fine art, especially of high reputation and considerable age, where fine art is
creative art, especially visual art, whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content (NOAD2)
I’ve always found the FAE baffling, at least in its application to children.