Not in Front of the Children: ' Indecency,' Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth by Marjorie HeinsNot in Front of the Children: ' Indecency,' Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth by Marjorie Heins

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

byMarjorie Heins, with a new introduction by Marjorie Heins

Paperback | September 11, 2007

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From Huckleberry Finn to Harry Potter, from Internet filters to the v-chip, censorship exercised on behalf of children and adolescents is often based on the assumption that they 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, 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.

MARJORIE HEINS is the founder of the Free Expression Policy Project (FEPP) and is a fellow in the Brennan Center for Justice Democracy Program.
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Title:Not in Front of the Children: ' Indecency,' Censorship, and the Innocence of YouthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:442 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 11, 2007Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0813542219

ISBN - 13:9780813542218

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[Heins] makes a well-reasoned argument that censorship in the name of children harms them more than it helps.