Zaftig Ribaldry, it’s not just our name, it’s our mission.

zaftig: to be pleasantly plump, full-bodied, well-proportioned, juicy, succulent, curvaceous, buxom

ribaldry: to be vulgar, indecent, coarse, mocking, abusive, irreverent, scurrilous, licentious

“. . .and a faith which could be shaken by such good-humoured ribaldry would be a very precarious faith indeed. . .” (1)

“. . .distinguish between the pornographic, condemned in every society, and the bawdy, the ribald, the shared vulgarities and jokes, which are the safety valves of most social systems. Pornography is a most doubtful safety valve. In extreme cases it may feed the perverted imagination of the doomed man who starts by pulling a little girl’s braid and ends by cutting off a little girl’s head, as each increasing stimulus loses its effectiveness and must be replaced by a more extreme one. This is particularly true of the pornography primarily designed to be brooded over in secret. But is quite otherwise with the music hall jokes, the folk ribaldry at a wedding, the innocent smut of the smoking rooms, where men who are perennially faithful to their wives exchange stories which release explosive laughter. Pornography does not lead to laughter, it leads to deadly serious pursuit of sexual satisfaction divorced from personality and from every other meaning. . .”  (2)



1. Lindsay, R. (n.d.). The Quotations Page: Quote from The British Board Of Film Censors.The Quotations Page. Retrieved May 13, 2014, from

2. Margaret Mead (1901–1978), U.S. anthropologist, author. “Sex and Censorship in Contemporary Society,” New World Writing III, New American Library (1953). It_is_useful_to_distinguish_between_the. (n.d.). Columbia World of Quotations. Retrieved May 13, 2014, from website: