- Hardcover: 402 pages
- Publisher: Hill & Wang Pub; 1st edition (April 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374175454
- ISBN-13: 978-0374175450
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
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Not in Front of the Children: Indecency, Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth Hardcover – April 1, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Wouldn't Edward Lear have been startled to learn that in 1998 his poem "The Owl and the Pussycat" wasn't available on many school library computers because obscenity-sensitive Web searches had targeted the word "pussy"? Heins (Sex, Sin and Blasphemy: A Guide to America's Censorship Wars) argues potently that the age-old idea of protecting children from "corrupting" influences which can be traced at least as far back as Plato's Republic has reached dangerous proportions in the U.S. Constructing a history of child protection movements and legal precedents (from the Supreme Court Butler and Roth decisions in the 1950s to lawsuits brought by the ACLU and the American Library Association to remove state mandated Internet filters from public libraries in the 1990s), Heins charts evolving concepts of childhood, based on such diverse sources as Philippe Ari?s's Centuries of Childhood and SIECUS reports. She points to a new wave of social and sexual puritanism engendered by the political and Christian right, which takes a variety of forms, including Wendy Shalit's 1999 A Return to Modesty and groups such as MOMS (Mothers Organized for Moral Stability). In tackling the issue of the possibly deleterious effect of sexual or violent materials on children, she refers to everyone from Piaget, Rousseau and Freud to Todd Gitlin and Carol Gilligan, and touches on events like New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's offensive against the Sensation art show. Heins's historical argument makes an important contribution to the literature of civil liberties and child psychology. Agent, Anne Depue. (May) Forecast: Drawing on the foundation laid by Edward de Grazia's landmark historical critique of American censorship, Girls Lean Back Everywhere, Heins's provocative work should attract review attention in sophisticated publications as well as fans of the social criticism of Alan Dershowitz and Wendy Kaminer.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
At a time when censorship cases have reached record numbers, this work by the director of the National Coalition Against Censorship's Free Expression Policy Project provides a scholarly discussion of numerous issues related to censorship, especially as it applies to youth. The book begins by examining the history of "indecency laws," from the time of Plato to the present. Based on extensive research, the 10 chapters provide the intellectual information necessary to argue serious threats to free expression not only in the United States, but also worldwide. Some of the important and timely topics included are: the "harmful to minors" argument, the Communications Decency Act, the Child Online Protection Act, the Motion Picture Association of America's movie ratings, school dress codes, book censorship, and student publications. Heins supports these discussions by citing specific court cases. Intended for anyone interested in free expression, this well-indexed book is the long-awaited tool needed in the academic environment to help shape personal and professional philosophies related to censorship issues. The amazing part is that Heins has managed to present these discussions in a completely objective voice.
Pat Scales, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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What are teenagers learning about the importance of personal freedom when they see their peers suspended, expelled, and even imprisoned, for their artistic expressions? Students can legitimately complain that many primary and secondary schools unnecessarily subject them to enforced orthodoxy and repressive strictures, particularly in regards to sexual and violent imagry.
I agree with the author that this paternalistic censorship harms children in many ways, and her discussion of the "modeling effects" and the teaching of authoritarianism should not be dismissed lightly.
I can see how this book may be a slightly difficult read for those who haven't been to law school or haven't studied this subject matter previously, but it is worth the effort. You don't have to be lawyer to understand it, and perhaps the most importance audience for this book isn't.