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Half the People in the World Have a Vulva—Can We Please Get Over Our Fear of the Word?

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In the latest kerfluffle involving female body parts, a Michigan mother calls The Diary of Anne Frank inappropriate for school, not because of any details about the horrors of the Holocaust but because in the new version of the book Frank describes her vulva in detail.

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Weekly Roundup: News on Tennessee’s “Gateway” Law, Parental Consent for HPV Vaccines, and Olympic Sex

In this week’s sexual health roundup: there is new information on the origin of Tennessee’s law that prevents schools from promoting “gateway” behaviors to sex at the same time that anecdotal information suggests teachers are censoring themselves because of it; a new poll shows that adults see the HPV vaccine differently than other STI treatment and prevention efforts and do not want to see parental consent for the vaccine waived; and a new tell-all book suggests that the Olympic village is a hotbed of sex, booze, and drugs.

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Video Restrictions in India and the Growing Effort by Governments to Restrict Our Rights to Freedom of Information

This week, several video-sharing websites were blocked by the two main internet service providers in India in response to a court order related to movie piracy. These developments are worrying.

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Reluctance to Print Doonesbury Will Only Make it More Visible

Several prominent newspapers chose not to publish a series of Doonesbury comics becasue they address forced ultrasound legislation. So, help us make sure these are among the most seen Doonesbury comics ever. 

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State Lawmakers Tell Teachers What They Can and Can’t Say

Next week the Tennessee legislature will vote on a law to prevent teachers from talking about homosexuality in class.  This is not the first or the last time lawmakers have censored educators.

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A Teacher’s Second Career Writing Soft-Core Porn

A high school English teacher in Snyder County, PA writes werewolf erotica on the side and some parents think this makes her unfit to teach teenagers. Are we really that scared of sex?

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Censorship: The New Wedge Issue of the Religious Right

Once is an anomaly, but twice is a trend. But what is funny about this trend of anti-choicers crying censorship is how ridiculous the whining sounds from them.  This is the religious right. They love censorship!

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AmazonFAIL: How Online Social Tools Can Wreak Havoc — and Repair It

Over the holiday weekend, a firestorm let loose on the Internet: For no apparent reason, books on Amazon.com with feminist, LGBT and sexual-empowerment themes were removed from the sales rankings, numbers that show how well a product is performing on the website.

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Is This Book (Or This Author) Too Gay for Amazon?

My book, like many, many others, has recently been deranked by Amazon. The books this primarily appears to have impacted are those by LGBT authors, young adult or children’s books addressing sexuality, and some feminist titles.

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Censoring Student Media

Last week, 3,000 copies of the New School Free Press were stolen on the day it was published.

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