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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. #@*& 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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  7. 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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  8. Preschool Bans Kids From Pretending to Be Superheroes, Misses Point of Childhood Completely [Updated]

    A preschool has banned children from pretending to be superheroes, monsters, and wrestlers, because they clearly don't understand childhood.

    In 1954 Fredric Wertham published his book Seduction of the Innocent which said comic books were the cause of juvenile delinquency in America. They aren't, but the idea that comics are dangerous keeps popping up. This time it's showing itself in the form of a preschool that has banned "Super Hero play." What's really offensive, though, is what they've asked parents to do.

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  9. FCC Isn’t Sure How to Censor Television Anymore, Wants Our Advice

    The Boob Tube

    The Federal Communications Commission wants a piece of our minds. I suggest you keep your use of profanity to the minimum.

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  10. It Just Got Real: China Sanctions Real-Name Registration Requirements for Internet Users

    Not too long ago, the Chinese government had been toying with the notion of approving a proposal requiring real-name registration for Internet users when working with service providers and similar vendors. This procured registration information would then be stored in a data system that could possibly be accessed by the authorities to monitor the online day-to-day activities of the general public. Many concerned citizens feared that this proposed controversial move would be an encroachment on the free speech online anonymity brings -- especially in a nation notorious for censorship crackdowns on those that dispense unpopular opinions against China's ruling body. It looks like those fears have been made real since the government has sanctioned the real-name registration proposal, putting the public's private affairs on shaky ground.

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