Saturday, 15 January 2011


ISBN-13: 978-0-374-17545-4
Writer: Marjorie Heins
Τitle: Not in Front of the Children
Subtitle: “Indecency,” Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth
Edition: First Edition
Language: English
Place of Publication: New York
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Year of Publication: 2001
Format: 157x235mm
Pages: xiv+402 printed on alkaline paper; notes, 265; index, 402
Illustrations: 17 black & white pictures and sketches
Binding: Boards in colour dust jacket designed by Claire Williams
Weight: 713gr.
Original price: USD 30.00
Entry No.: 2009068
Entry Date: 1st December 2009


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.

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.

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