Banned Lesbian Books
A look at examples of books that have been banned in the past due to their lesbian content and the steps that have been taken in response.
# 118484 | 860 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 |
Published on Feb 02, 2010 in Law (Constitution) , Gender and Sexuality (Homosexuality) , Hot Topics (Censorship) , Literature (General)
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This paper discusses the lengths that some organizations will go to whether they be religious, political, or otherwise, in order to ban reading material geared toward lesbian readers when there are similar books containing non-lesbian content that are approved without a problem. The paper provides examples of books that have been banned due to their lesbian content and situations where these organizations that banned them have been taken to court.
From the Paper:"Several statements from notable authors like John Dos Passos, Upton Sinclair, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sherwood Anderson, Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway were obtained as support (Cline 271). The statements were not simply submitted, but incorporated into Ernst's initial brief so that they were not ignored. One of the strongest aspects of his argument was based upon the fact that the book Mademoiselle de Maupin, written by Theophile Gautier, which was very similar but had not been banned in 1922, in the case of Halsey v. New York (Taylor)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- ACLU. "ACLU and Anaheim Union Reach Settlement on Banned Books." ACLU of Southern California. 16 March 2001. American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California. 7 Oct 2007 <http://www.aclu-sc.org/News/Releases/2001/100353/>.
- Cline, Sally (1998). Radclyffe Hall: A Woman Called John. Woodstock & New York: The Overlook Press.
- Foster, Jeanette H. (1956). Sex Variant Women in Literature: A Historical and Quantitative Survey. New York: Vantage Press.
- Green, Jonathon. Encyclopedia of Censorship. New ed. New York: Facts on File, 2005.
- Taylor, Leslie A. (2001). "'I Made Up My Mind to Get It': The American Trial of The Well of Loneliness, New York City, 1928-1929". Journal of the History of Sexuality 10(2): 250-286.
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