A Tennessee woman is claiming that The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a biography of a black woman whose cervical cancer cells were taken without her consent and used for medical research (a book available in nearly every airport), is “pornographic.” Jackie Sims says her 15-year-old son shouldn’t have been assigned…
Look, you can say whatever you want about our reigning Pope, but you can’t deny that the dude is a little more chill than his predecessors (especially the last one). This has been made even more evident by the fact that the last authority on anything Catholic has taken up as a supporter of a controversial children’s…
Fun Home is an award-winning graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel that’s been turned into a hit Broadway musical. It’s about painful childhoods, sexuality, and recognizing that one’s parents have possibly unforgivable flaws; it also features a lesbian protagonist whose father cheats on his wife with men. So, Christian…
It's Banned Books Week! But people are trying to keep great books out of libraries and schools every hour of every day, year round. And often, people's reasons for challenging these titles are really, really... outlandish. Here are 12 SF and fantasy books that people have given incomprehensible reasons for banning.
Well, to put it bluntly, this completely sucks: anti-censorship group The Kids' Right to Read Project (KRRP) has reported that U.S. schools are increasingly banning books that deal with race or sexuality and books written by "minority" authors.
A Virginia school district has taken Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novel A Study In Scarlet off of reading lists. The reason: it's offensive to Mormons. The book includes the passage,
If the title "Parents Against Bad Books In Schools" sounds ominous, that's because it is. And it's just one of many groups gaining book-banning momentum.
One night when Gary Cella was going over homework with his 11-year-old daughter, he was shocked to discover that the assignment included racial, ethnic and gender slurs.
Remember last September, when the book banners crawled out of their pits of nastiness to try to remove YA literature from classrooms and libraries? It is September again, my friends.
Indiana high school students had to quit reading Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon Wednesday, because administrators were offended by its "sex, violence, and profanity." Here's why this is bullshit.
A mom's effort to ban The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and six other books from her children's school library has failed, highlighting the ridiculousness of banning books in the first place.
• Dr. Fabiola Carrieri says she was not offended by the comment made by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi ("I wouldn't mind being resuscitated by you") while she was working in an Abruzzo field hospital. She said it was merely a "gallant" compliment intended to lighten the drama of the situation. • Police in…