working to remove both books and periodicals from sale, to exclude certain books
Sociology & Race
Inappropriate Adolescent Behaviour
obscene? It is Something too vague perhaps to be defined. It’s an elusive term
we use, but can’t explain. Different people often see things differently. Some
obscenity in these things. All the same, “obscene” isn’t the same as “wrong” or
“bad”. Clearly obscenity is not identical with evil. It only covers a single
“pornography” suggests that it is a segment that didn’t worry people very much
till relatively recently.
obscenity but for heresy and sedition.”Undue” exploitation of sex” is what
But it is rather vague. It doesn’t differentiate between “ordinary obscenity”
and “hard-core pornography.” The first denoting the ordinary run of “girlie
rape, sadism, masochism, bestiality, necrophilia and other perversions. People
tend to object far more to “hard-core pornography.” Another distinction
unfortunately overlooked by our criminal law is the distinction between isolated
instances of obscenity and the products of vast commercial enterprise.
There has been an increasing trend towards children’s literature that reflects a
more realistic approach to the life both fiction and non-fiction, with subjects
the most frequent complaints come from parents about the school’s selections.
challenges to materials.
The world is filled with “obscene” things. And it would seem that those parents
They are influenced by a wide range of sources, from television and other forms
background. Why they read does not necessarily mean that they will follow.
Literature is a valued source of knowledge for these children, and should not be
held back. So rather than applying full censorship, it should be made an age-
related censorship. Many of the complaints that were issued were of the
immaturity of the readers. And younger children should be prevented from
borrowing material intended for an older age group. Controversial materials
should still be held either in reserve stock, available on request, or under a
section for parents and teachers who can decide for themselves whether the
material is suitable or not.
Our would is not perfect. We are a world filled with violence, sex, racism, etc.
Certain literature like “hard-core pornography” should be censored to the
general public. These types of “explicit sex” truly have no meaning. They
women, animals, and sometimes against men. These inhuman treatments should not
be shown to prevent other potential people from “experimenting” these acts of
disgust. “Ordinary obscenity” should be censored closely, but with an objective
must be reduced and kept out of reach of the immature readers. To make a tree
grow correctly, you must start caring from the very beginning. You must not
have a governing social system that mainly frowns upon the violence against
women. There should indeed be access to most types of literature, but in varying
degrees of freedom, determined not by censorship, but by controlled access.
Parents are trying to protect their children from the harsh realities of life,
but are they really helping, or hindering?
v.6 n.1 p19-22
The Globe and Mail. March 18, 1987. pA2-A3
Suffer the little children. By Janet Collins. Books in Canada. October 1991.
v.20 n.7 p25-27
Globe and Mail. March 5, 1987. pA10
Censorship in the children’s library. By Rupert Colley. The Junior Bookshelf.
June 1990. v.54 n.3 p121-123
Limits of criminal law – obscenity: a test case. By The Law Reform Commission:
working paper no. 10. p7-9
Censorship: stopping the book banners. By the book and periodical development
council. August 1988. p1-17