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Not in front of the children : "indecency," censorship and the innocence of youth

Author: Marjorie Heins
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marjorie Heins
ISBN: 0374175454 9780374175450
OCLC Number: 45080058
Description: xiv, 402 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
From Plato to computers --
Youth and censorship : a road map --
Clarifications and caveats ---
[ch.] 1. "To deprave and corrupt" --
Minors, censorship, sex, and history --
The invention of childhood? --
"Protecting the young and immature" --
Free love, the Comstock Law, and "secret entertainment" --
Some judges start asking questions --
[ch.] 2. More emetic than aphrodisiac --
Freud, the First Amendment, and a first round with Ulysses --
Minors and obscenity in the '30s and '40s --
Juvenile delinquency, social science, comic books, and Professor Kinsey --
Intellectual rumblings --
[ch.] 3. The great and mysterious motive force in human life --
The Supreme Court speaks --
finally --
Protecting young psyches after Butler and Roth --
Buttons, armbands, The little red school book, and Rupert Bear --
Justice Brennan changes his mind --
[ch.] 4. Policing the airwaves --
Oral sex, and "the public convenience, interest, or necessity" --
Jerry Garcia and a definition of indecency --
Shielding young ears from the seven dirty words --
Pacifica in the Supreme Court --
[ch.] 5. The reign of decency --
The FCC, the Meese Commission, and Art about AIDS --
ACT I, the irrepressible Mr. Stern, and perhaps Molly Bloom --
Sealed wrappers, blinder racks, and dial-a-porn --
A few judges think about indecency and harm --
School censorship, heinous crimes, and violent videos --
[ch.] 6. The ideological minefield : sexuality education --
modesty, virtue, and early battles over sex ed --
Teen pregnancy and Sex respect --
Abstinence unless married --
Models of sexuality education --
[ch.] 7. Indecency law on trial : Reno v. ACLU --
Panic over cyberspace --
The wired courtroom --
A never-ending worldwide conversation --
[ch.] 8. Filtering fever --
The politics of filtering --
blocking sex, vulgarity, and Dr. Seuss --
State laws, Loudoun County, and Reno II --
Heavy breathing : the "Hary met Sally" case --
V-chips, and ratings revisited --
Violence, curse word, and kids at century's end --
[ch.] 9. Cultural differences --
Minors in the global culture --
Video nasties and the venerable BBFC --
The French letter and Internet watch --
The European Union weighs in --
"Les dangers ubuesques du filtrage" --
[ch.] 10. Media effects --
Imitation and catharsis --
Disproving Aristotle --
Definitional dilemmas --
Sex, violence, and social science --
Kids, ambiguity, and the social cognition approach --
Conclusion: The ethical and moral development of youth.
Responsibility: Marjorie Heins.
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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."--Jacket.

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