FEPP Archives - Reviews
Through Civil Lawsuits -- and Threats Against a University Press
(April 23, 2002) - What was all the fuss about Judith Levine's
controversial book Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children
from Sex? Also, a review of Robert O'Neil's The First Amendment
and Civil Liability, which describes how lawsuits against movie directors
and book publishers are threatening creative freedom.
A Psychologist Surveys the Wreckage
(June 19, 2002) - University of Toronto Professor Jonathan
Freedman's comprehensive examination of "media violence" research
is a must-read for anyone interested in whether social-science studies
have actually proved anything about the effects of entertainment. Media
Violence and Its Effect on Aggression: Assessing the Scientific Evidence.
(December 17, 2002) - If you are interested in the origins
of our present-day struggles over sexual information and ideas, Helen
Lefkowitz Horowitzs detailed rendering the 19th century landscape
is packed with incidents and insights. Rereading Sex: Battles Over
Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in Nineteenth-Century America.
Disastrous State of Sex Education
(April 4, 2003) - In Talk About Sex, Janice Irvine concludes that
America must rid itself of the "the culture of stigma" before
it can have a sane policy of sexuality education.
Lives Behind The Cases
(August 4, 2003) - Stephanie Elizondo Griest reviews Speaking Our Minds:
Conversations With the People Behind Landmark First Amendment Cases.
and the Constitution
(August 19, 2003) - David Cole and James Dempsey's new book gives sobering
background on the "USA Patriot Act" and on America's habit of
sacrificing civil liberties in the name of national security.
Democracy and the First Amendment
(November 14, 2003) - Why government regulation to break
up media conglomerates advances democracy and the First Amendment.