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  1. Presenting a Brief History of American Film Censorship, Where Violence Is OK But Sex Isn’t

    Xciting!

    Start your morning off right—with the folks from CineFix's Film School'd series giving a run-down of the history of film censorship, from the early days (Edison, the scandal!) to today. If you're interested in that documentary used in the last few minutes, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, it's really good and you all should watch it.

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  2. [UPDATED] Randy Queen Pulls Defamation Threats, Apologizes to Escher Girls Blog Admin

    Hooray!

    Yesterday we told you about how Escher Girls, a tumblr dedicated to scrutinizing the inaccurate female anatomy that's become industry standard in comics, was facing legal threats from an artist upset with his work being featured. Today the blog's admin, Ami Angelwings, has heard from that artist yet again, and it seems like the matter is going to work out in her favor.

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  3. Unrealistic Female Anatomy Tumblr “Escher Girls” Currently Facing Harrassment From DMCA-Abusing Comic Artist

    Someone's about to learn about the Streisand Effect.

    If you're a comics loving feminist on the Internet, then you probably have a passing familiarity with Escher Girls and the sometimes snarky, oftentimes insightful work they do. If you're a comic book artist who doesn't understand the difference between defamation and constructive criticism (or copyright infringement and fair use, for that matter), Escher Girls is the bane of your existence. And, unfortunately, now the site is facing unfounded legal action from one particularly upset artist.

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  4. Archie Comic Banned In Singapore For Showing A Wedding Between Two Men

    Well, at least it's not going to be pulped. That's, um, good news, right?

    Today in sadly unsurprising news, the third installment of Archie: The Married Life has been banned in Singapore for depicting a wedding between two men.

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  5. China Isn’t Having Any of Your Science Bros., They’ve Arrested 20 Slash Fanfiction Writers

    Team China: Imagination Police.

    I'm no huge proponent of fanfiction, but arresting people is taking it a bit far, China. Well, for China, it really isn't. Their Internet and media in generally are broadly censored, but a new report suggests that the country's police have arrested at least 20 people for writing romantic tales starring their favorite fictional male characters.

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  6. Captain Underpants Needs More Censorship than an Erotic Adult Novel Because that Makes Total Sense

    "pee-pee??" Oh, the horror!

    Captain Underpants, a graphic novel intended for children, holds the #1 spot for the most challenged book for two years in a row-- beating E.L. James Fifty Shades of Grey, which ranked #4. Yup, a comic about an imagined superhero who prefers to not wear any pants is a lot more raunchy than awful descriptions of porn.

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  7. Neverwhere Banned In A New Mexico High School Because We Can’t Have Nice Things

    You just can't please some people. Sorry, did we say 'people?' We meant 'jerks.'

    Not even a month after Banned Books Week came and went, a school in New Mexico has decided to remove Neil Gaiman's classic fantasy novel Neverwhere from both their curriculum and their library after one parent complained of sexual innuendo. Wait, sexual innuendo? Really? Out of all the things you could have objected to in that book?

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  8. Proposed Internet Error 451 Would Warn Users of Government Censorship

    ERROR 451: Civil Rights Not Found

    Government censorship of the Internet is becoming more and more common, and in many cases blocked sites are indistinguishable from those that are just not working. That's why the Open Rights Group is proposing a "451 unavailable" error message to appear on those sites to let us know if we're living in a Bradburian dystopia.

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  9. #@*& You! Russia Attempting to Block Foul Language From the Internet

    Aww shucks. Darn it all to heck.

    In a move to protect children, Russia wants to ban cursing from the interwebs. This is only the latest in a series of similarly silly proposals. It joins the ranks of suggestions such as requiring dating sites to use passport verification. Oh, Russia. This is not how you protect children, and it's certainly not how you internet.

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  10. California Court Finally Decides It’s OK For Prisoners To Read Werewolf Erotica

    Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

    "There are also a great number of graphic sexual encounters, one per chapter through most of the book, including detailed descriptions of [REDACTED BECAUSE CHILDREN READ THIS SITE]. Crude slang is used to describe various body parts and the sex act itself. The sex is sometimes rough but always consensual. Women are portrayed as frequently aggressive, always willing, and seemingly insatiable. Men are portrayed as frequently demanding, always ready, and seemingly inexhaustible. The sex occurs between humans and werewolves, as well as intra-species. On the other hand, the sex appears to be between consenting adults. No minors are involved. No bestiality is portrayed (unless werewolves count). And there is no sadomasochism." Some background: In 2011 Pelican Bay State Prison inmate Andres Martinez ordered a copy of Mathilde Madden's The Silver Crown, a paranormal romance about a werewolf hunter who falls in love with a werewolf (you can see where this is going). The book was confiscated on grounds of obscenity, and Martinez has been fighting the decision ever since. Now, more than two years later, the San Francisco Court of Appeal has come to a decision on the whole werewolf-erotica-in-prison issue, deciding that The Silver Crown is OK because it has literary value (sort of: "we too note that Madden's book employs techniques recognized as literary devices") and is unlikely to incite violence. Above is an excerpt from their official decision, all 30 scintillating pages of which can be read here. Congrats to the California legal system on opting against censorship, though I have to judge them a little for not offering a definitive opinion on whether human-werewolf sex counts as bestiality. Granted, it's a complicated issue: Are we talking full-on wolf form, or a Teen Wolf-esque human/wolf hybrid? And even when it's not, ahem, that time of the month, a werewolf is still a werewolf, so would there need to be different terms for full moon and non-full moon sex? Like bestiality and super-bestiality? Inquiring minds want to know. (Melville House, via Tor.com) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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