Not in Front of the Children: "indecency," Censorship and the Innocence of Youth, Volume 42

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Hill and Wang, 2001 - History - 402 pages
11 Reviews
"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." "There is an urgent need for informed, dispassionate debate about the perceived conflict between the free-expression rights of young people and the widespread urge to shield them from expression that is considered harmful. Not in Front of the Children will spur this long-needed conversation."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Good overview, if a bit dry, of sex ed, press freedom, and media freedom. 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

About the author (2001)

Marjorie Heins is director of the Free Expression Policy Project at the National Coalition Against Censorship.

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