Censorship

English 201-712

The freedom to read is essential to the democratic way of life (Censorship News 1996). Today our freedom is under attack. Private groups such as mothers and public authorities everywhere are working to remove both books and periodicals from sale,
o exclude certain books from public schools, to censor and silence magazines and newspapers, and to limit controversial books from the general public. The suppression of reading materials is suppression of creative thoughts. Books are not the only on
that is being suppressed by pressure to the political and social systems. They are also being brought against the educational system, radios, internet, television and against the Theater arts. However or whenever these attacks occur, they usually fall
least in one of these categories.
Language
Sex
Drugs
Society and Race
Inappropriate Adolescent Behavior
What is Obscenity? Clearly something hard to discuss. Obscenity is difficult to discuss honestly. Point being, what makes a thing obscene? is it something too vague to be defined. It\'s an elusive term we use, but cant explain. Different people o
en see things differently. Some see obscenity in nude pictures, statues, paintings, etc. While others find less obscenity in those things. All the same, obscene isn\'t the same as wrong or bad . Clearly obscenity is not identical with evil. It only c
ers a single segment of it. But what is that segment? A look at the words obscenity and pornography suggest that it is that it\'s a segment that didn\'t worry people very much until recently.
Though censorship was known in the English law quite early, it wasn\'t for obscenity but for heresy and sedition. David Jenkins, "Undue exploitation of sex is what criminal law in Canada prohibits" ( p21) . That is how criminal law defines obscenity.
t doesn\'t differentiate between ordinary obscenity and hard-core pornography. Written by the Law reform, "the first denoting the ordinary girlie and guy magazines, Literature and so on that deals with rape, bestiality, and so on People tend far more to
rd-core pornography" (Collins p25). 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 of the life both fiction and non-fiction, with subjects that include sex, homosexuality, divorce, child abuse, drugs, violence, etc. And they
e these realistic books that have people outraged. In school libraries, the most frequent complains come from parents "who don\'t have nothing better to do" about the school\'s selections. And in the public libraries, parents were the ones again the sing
greatest source of challenges to materials.
The world is filled with obscene things. And it would seem that those parents are just trying to protect their children from outside world. But does it really help? "These days, the average elementary school student knows many things" (Collins p
). They are influence by a wide range of sources, from television , Internet and other forms of media, their environment at home and school, their personality and their backgrounds. Why they read does not necessarily mean that they will follow. Litera
re 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, even though I don\'t believe in censorship but think that there should be a limit f
pre adolescent children. Many of the complaints that were issued were of the immaturity of the readers. And younger children should be prevented from browsing material intended for an older age group. "Controversial materials should held in reserve
ock, available on request, or under section for teacher who can decide for themselves whether the material is suitable or not" (Collins p31).
Our world is not perfect. We are a world filed with violence, sex, racism, etc. Certain literature like hard-core pornography should be censored to the general public. These types of explicit sex and literature truly have no meaning. They degra
the human race by increasing physical, mental and sexual abuse against women, animals, and sometimes against men. The inhuman treatment should not be shown to prevent other potential people from experimenting these acts. Ordinary obscenity should be
ensored closely, but with an objective view. They may also cause