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Fun Home Update: SC House Refuses to Restore Funding

March 11, 2014
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Fun Home Update: SC House Refuses to Restore Funding

The South Carolina House of Representatives doubled down on censorship yesterday, refusing to erase budget cuts that seek to punish two public colleges for assigning books that deal with LGBT issues. Democratic Reps. James Smith and Gilda Cobb-Hunter attempted to restore the funding to the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina-Upstate, but…

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Victory for Students in “Boobies” Case!

March 10, 2014
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Victory for Students in “Boobies” Case!

Free expression rights for public school students were resoundingly reaffirmed today, as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a Pennsylvania school district’s argument that it could prohibit students from wearing breast cancer awareness bracelets that read “I ♥ boobies!” The court denied the appeal of B.H. v. Easton Area School District with no comment,…

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Instead of Shielding Kids from Cartoon Violence, Why Not Address It Honestly?

March 5, 2014
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Instead of Shielding Kids from Cartoon Violence, Why Not Address It Honestly?

Amongst all the stories of parents blaming books, video games, movies, and TV for corrupting their children, it can sometimes be easy to forget that these are only the loudest and most sensational voices; there are still plenty of parents who take responsibility for their kids’ media consumption by discussing topics that may be unfamiliar…

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Art Exhibit Censored at Kennesaw State University

March 4, 2014
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Art Exhibit Censored at Kennesaw State University

The president of Georgia’s Kennesaw State University set a poor precedent for free expression in the school’s new art museum last week when he ordered an exhibit censored before the building had even opened to the public. During a walkthrough prior to the opening of the inaugural exhibit, President Daniel Papp encountered a mere mention…

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Bechdel, SC Residents Respond to Punitive Proposed Funding Cuts

February 28, 2014
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Bechdel, SC Residents Respond to Punitive Proposed Funding Cuts

Last week, a South Carolina House of Representatives committee approved a punitive funding cut for the College of Charleston because the school selected Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home for an optional summer reading program. Now, both the author and regular South Carolinians are speaking out to urge legislators not to go down the path of censorship…

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Sacrebleu! French Politician Attacks Picture Book

February 26, 2014
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Sacrebleu! French Politician Attacks Picture Book

A few weeks ago, France found itself in the midst of a rare controversy over a children’s picture book after a prominent politician said on television that it made his blood run cold. The work in question? Tous à poil, a celebration of diverse (naked or partially clothed) human forms that’s intended to teach kids…

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History Repeats Itself: How Korean Manwha Met the Same Fate as American Comics

February 25, 2014
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History Repeats Itself: How Korean Manwha Met the Same Fate as American Comics

For a time in the 1980s and ‘90s, South Korean manwha enjoyed the same success as their Japanese manga neighbors. Sadly, though, while manga continued to grow and make inroads internationally, print manwha were decimated at home amidst a panic strongly reminiscent of the 1950s backlash against comics in the U.S. In a recent article…

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South Carolina Legislator Tries to Punish College for Fun Home Selection

February 21, 2014
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South Carolina Legislator Tries to Punish College for Fun Home Selection

Last summer, a conservative group in South Carolina got the vapors when Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was chosen as an optional summer reading book at the College of Charleston. The Palmetto Family Council proclaimed Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir “shocking” and compared it to summer reading selections at other public institutions of higher ed in the…

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Muhlenberg Students Again Raise Alarm on Book-Flagging Policy

February 17, 2014
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Muhlenberg Students Again Raise Alarm on Book-Flagging Policy

Last time we checked in with the Muhlenberg School District in Reading, Pennsylvania, some incredibly sharp students had organized a petition in protest of a new policy requiring teachers to flag any books in their classrooms with content that could be considered “mature, sexual, violent or religiously offensive.” Obviously these labels are highly subjective and…

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Flying Spaghetti Monster Banned From UK University Event

February 11, 2014
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Flying Spaghetti Monster Banned From UK University Event

Pastafarians, don your colanders! Posters depicting the satirical deity Flying Spaghetti Monster were recently banned from an activities fair at a public university in London because they could be “religiously offensive,” reports The Independent. On their recruitment posters, members of London South Bank University’s Atheist Society had used a popular modification of Michelangelo’s Creation of…

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