Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy: A Guide to America's Censorship Wars / Edition 1

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Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy is a lively, lucid primer on censorship, art, and popular culture. It is also the product of several years on the front lines of the culture wars it describes. In this book, Marjorie Heins, founding director of the Arts Censorship Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, uses her considerable expertise to help provide a sensible, coherent account of some of the most hotly contested issues of the 1990s. For all the recent talk about censorship, until now there has been no comprehensive summary of either the legal underpinnings of the assaults on free expression or their social implications. Which laws do self-styled "censors" rely on? How are record labeling, movie ratings, and attacks on museums related? How can a concerned citizen make sense of genuinely confusing issues that seem to pit the rights of taxpayers against those of artists? Using examples from current and historic court cases and public debates, Heins reveals the strategies used by prosecutors and special interest groups, and explains why efforts to suppress artistic expression on painful or offensive subjects won't help solve the problems that beset society today. No other book offers such an accessible summary or such keen insights into America's struggle over free expression.
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Heins has been on the front lines of the "wars" as director of the Arts Censorship Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. She uses many examples to identify the legal themes and strategies of the adversaries, to elucidate the importance of artistic free expression, and to explain why suppression will not solve the problems that beset society. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Censorship has been perpetrated in the name of religion and morality (blasphemy and book bannings), in the name of decency (public nudity and obscenity), and in the name of protecting women (pornography). Artistic expression has been one of its primary casualties, and so has attention to the real social issues that lead to breakdowns in our society. Delving into a variety of instances of censorship, Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy discloses the ultimate casualty of censorship: freedom, especially for marginalized groups like women and minorites. It is rich with examples that are both chilling and pointed. This is an excellent resource for enabling all of us to reexamine our own knee-jerk responses to censorship, and to ask ourselves where the real danger lies and what we stand to lose.
—Ilene Rosoff
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565840485
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Censorship and Artistic Freedom 1
1 "Obscenity": The First Amendment's Second-class Citizen 15
2 Movies: Censoring the Dream Factory 39
3 Censorship by Suggestion: The Problem of Government Threats 61
4 "The Devil's Music": The Oddity of Warning Labels on Art 77
5 Getting Naked: Censorship of Nudity in Art, Theater, and Dance 95
6 "The Taxpayers' Money": The Question of Government Funding 117
7 The Dreaded "P" Word: Pornography 137
8 Blasphemy, Subversiveness, and Other Sins 165
Conclusion: Scapegoating Speech 185
Afterword: What You Can Do 191
Notes 193
A Few Suggestions for Further Reading 203
Index 205
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