By Marjorie Heins
The 1st complete historical past of our battles over young ones and censorship.
From Huckleberry Finn to Harry Potter, web filters to the V-chip, censorship exercised on behalf of youngsters and youngsters is frequently in response to the idea that they need to be shielded from "indecent" info that may damage their improvement -- no matter if in artwork, in literature, or on a website. yet the place does this assumption come from, and is it actual?
In Not in entrance of the Children, Marjorie Heins explores the attention-grabbing heritage of "indecency" legislation and different regulations geared toward keeping early life. From Plato's argument for inflexible censorship, via Victorian legislation aimed toward repressing libidinous suggestions, to modern battles over intercourse schooling in public faculties and violence within the media, Heins publications us via what turned, and continues to be, an ideological minefield. With attention-grabbing examples drawn from all over the world, she means that the "harm-to-minors" argument rests on shaky foundations.
There is an pressing desire for proficient, dispassionate debate concerning the perceived clash among the free-expression rights of youngsters and the common urge to safeguard, safeguard, or censor them. Not in entrance of the Children will spur this long-needed conversation.
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