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
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"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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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

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A quote: "The ponderous, humorless over literalism of so much censorship directed at youth not only takes the fun, ambiguity, cathartic function, and irony out of the world of imagination and ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

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

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