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My Uncle Andrew asked “to see a table that matches the reason for the banning to an individual book, and in what countries the book is banned”. I did some digging and look what I found:
What this is, is basically a website that keeps track of [major] book censorship worldwide. Like, extreme cases, like people going crazy and burning books (http://www.cd.sc.ehu.es/FileRoom/documents/Cases/90slaughterhouseFive.html). If you click on “Archive of Cases” it breaks it down into Dates, Locations, Grounds for Censorship, and Mediums. Quite interesting.
Also, I found http://www.oclc.org/research/top1000/banned.htm. This website it basically an ad for the 4 volumes in the Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature series, which include
Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Political Grounds, on Religious Grounds, on Sexual Grounds, and on Social Grounds (all seperate books). The website also includes 112 Banned Books, the Bible being #1. I also found http://worldcat.org/ow/a7b0cefedb5fe028a19afeb4da09e526.html, which helps you find books in libraries all around. The current setting is for Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on on Religious Grounds.
Neat-o stuff. Check it out! And also check out SICKO, by Michael Moore, it was tres tres TRES bien!
It’s a while off, but just keep it in mind: Banned Books Week is September 29 through October 6 of this year (2007). Check out 100 Most Frequently Banned Books (1990-2000) to help you build up your to-read banned book list. You’d be surprised what’s on there. A Wrinkle In Time?? The Giver?? Captain Underpants?? Where’s Waldo?? C’mon people!!
Talk about infringement of freeh speech! True, students do have restrictions on their free speech ect., however it is infringed upon and denied every day, and that’s not right. According to ACLU.org‘s Ask Sybil Liberty About Your Right to Free Expression section, you, students, can “express your opinions orally and in writing – in leaflets or on buttons, armbands or T-shirts”, as established by Tinker vs. Des Moines.
NYCLU Says School District Cannot Suspend Students Who Fought Censorship by Reciting Vagina Monologues (3/13/2007)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK – The New York Civil Liberties Union today expressed its strong support for three Westchester public high school students who were suspended for saying the word “vagina” during their performance last week of a passage from Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.
“It is shocking that school administrators would object to the public performance of a renowned literary work simply because it contained the word ‘vagina,'” said Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the NYCLU. “Schools should be encouraging students to express themselves freely, not silencing dialogue.”
In a letter to the Katonah-Lewisboro School District, the NYCLU urged the school to rescind its suspensions of the students.
School administrators reportedly had given the students the “choice” of performing the monologue without saying the word “vagina,” or not performing it at all. The students chose to perform the monologue as written, using the word in question. They are now being threatened with one-day suspensions. The suspensions have been put on hold in light of the controversy that has erupted.
The NYCLU’s letter asks the school district to lift the sentences of suspension for the young women. The letter points out that allowing the suspensions to go into effect would raise serious First Amendment concerns. According to the NYCLU, schools have the right to prohibit vulgar or lewd speech, but the passage in question was neither vulgar nor lewd.
The letter also points out that the defense raised by school officials – that the students were suspended for insubordination because they had agreed not to say the prohibited word – was invalid because the school had no right to censor the young women’s speech in the first place.
“To act like saying ‘vagina’ publicly is in some way insubordination only reinforces the same negative reactions that The Vagina Monologues aims to counter,” said Galen Sherwin, Acting Director of the NYCLU’s Reproductive Rights Project. “These young women should be applauded for their courage and self-possession, not disciplined for insubordination.”
The NYCLU’s letter is online at: www.aclu.org/freespeech/youth/29016lgl20070313.html