Not in Front of the Children: Indecency, Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth

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Hill and Wang, 2002 - Performing Arts - 402 pages
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The first comprehensive history of the debate about censorship designed to protect children and winner of the ALA's 2002 Eli Oboler Award for best-published work in the area of intellectual freedom
From Huckleberry Finn to Harry Potter, Internet filters to the V-chip, censorship is often based on the assumption that children and adolescents 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," a pathbreaking history of "indecency" laws and other restrictions aimed at protecting youth, Marjorie Heins suggests that the "harm-to-minors" argument rests on shaky foundations.

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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 (2002)

Marjorie Heins is the Director of the Free Expression Policy Project, National Coalition Against Censorship. She is the author, most recently, of Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy: A Guide to America's Censorship Wars. She lives in New York City.

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