Not in Front of the Children

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Rutgers University Press, 2001 - Law - 402 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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User Review  - Kellswitch - LibraryThing

Censorship has been used throughout the years to "protect" children, women, the mentally deficient and the socially inferior classes who are simply to fragile or vulnerable to be exposed to dangerous ... Read full review

NOT IN FRONT OF THE CHILDREN: "Indecency," Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A closely argued brief for free speech. Heins's case relies on precedent and law, but her arguments take place in a sealed intellectual chamber isolated from the real and messy world. She begins with ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Marjorie Heins is a civil liberties lawyer,
writer, and teacher, and the founding director of the Free Expression Policy
Project. Her forthcoming book, Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court,
Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge, will be published in early
2013. Her previous book, Not in Front of the Children, won the American
Library Association's 2002 Eli Oboler Award for best published work in the
field of intellectual freedom

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