Stop Literary Censorship Essay

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Stop Literary Censorship

Censorship is becoming more and more common all over the world today. The online Encarta Encyclopedia defines censorship as, "supervision and control of the information and ideas that are circulated among the people within a society. In modern times, censorship refers to the examination of books...for the purpose of altering or suppressing parts thought to be objectionable or offensive." Henry Reichman from the Education World website defines it as, "the removal, suppression, or restricted circulation of literary, artistic, or educational materials . . . on the grounds that these are morally or otherwise objectionable in light of the standards applied by the censor" (Cromwell). Definitions
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Books are also said to be "educationally unsuitable" (Gottlieb). Sharon Cromwell thinks that "challenges generally arise in the following areas: sex and drug education, literature showing children challenging parents and authorities, teaching evolution without reference to creationism, and showing women behaving in nontraditional ways." Much of the objectionable