Not in Front of the Children: 'Indecency,' Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth, Second Edition (Google eBook)

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Rutgers University Press, Sep 11, 2007 - Law - 442 pages
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From Huckleberry Finn to Harry Potter, from Internet filters to the v-chip, censorship exercised on behalf of children and adolescents is often based on the assumption that they must be protected from “indecent” information that might harm their development—whether in art, in literature, or on a Web site. But where does this assumption come from, and is it true?

            In Not in Front of the Children, Marjorie Heins explores the fascinating history of “indecency” laws and other restrictions aimed at protecting youth. From Plato’s argument for rigid censorship, through Victorian laws aimed at repressing libidinous thoughts, to contemporary battles over sex education in public schools and violence in the media, Heins guides us through what became, and remains, an ideological minefield. With fascinating examples drawn from around the globe, she suggests that the “harm to minors” argument rests on shaky foundations.

  

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Review: Not in Front of the Children: "Indencency, " Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

Part of my reading for Intro Education research paper on censorship in children's books. Interesting subject. Read full review

Review: Not in Front of the Children: "Indencency, " Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth

User Review  - Tyler Malone - Goodreads

This book really is a remarkable piece of work. Sure, a lot of same characters and platitudes come in a little too often, but the thesis, should taboos be restricted by governments or corporations, is ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
To Deprave and Corrupt
15
More Emetic Than Aphrodisiac
37
The Great and Mysterious Motive Force in Human Life
60
Policing The Airwaves
89
The Reign Of Decency
109
The Educational Minefield Sexuality and Education
137
Indecency Law on Trial Reno V ACLU
157
Filtering Fever
180
Cultural Differences
201
Media Effects
228
The Ethical and Moral Development of Youth
254
Notes
265
Index
373
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

MARJORIE HEINS is the founder of the Free Expression Policy Project (FEPP) and is a fellow in the Brennan Center for Justice Democracy Program.

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