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In Praise of the Artifice in George Cukor's 'Sylvia Scarlett'

George Cukor's gender-bending Sylvia Scarlett proposes a heroine who learns nothing from her cross-gendered ordeal.

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Judgment Day!: Social Protest and Censorship in EC Comics

Scholar Qiana Whitted's EC Comics: Race, Shock & Social Protest explores a different path in EC Comic's history: their work with social justice stories and the resulting censorship in 1950s America.

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On Life in Graphic Detail

Autobiographical Comics, the second volume in the Bloomsbury Comics Studies series successfully bridges the gap between academic studies and popular books that delight comics fans.

Culture

Haven't You Learned How to Take a Joke? The Comedy-on-Campus Debates

The college comedy deficit means that we are neither taught how to take a joke nor how to interpret one.

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Every F***ing Thing You Need to Know About Profanity

Why "jeepers creepers" should be more profane than any word you (still) can't say on television, why it isn't, and why that matters.

Music

Black Mass Murder: Extreme Metal and the PMRC

A mainstream metal band like The Black Dahlia Murder is more explicit than anything the Parents Music Resource Center sought to regulate in 1985.

Culture

Can I Say That? Stand-Up Comedy in the Age of Political Correctness

For all the alarmist propaganda about political correctness in the US, insensitive speech is still protected by the First Amendment. The complaints about PC are BS.

Games

The New Puritanism, or, Some Troubling Tendencies in Video Game Criticism

Is the role of the video game critic to protect us from that which we may find offensive?

Film

Monty Python vs. the Religious Right

The Life of Brian tells us much about a period when disparate cultural values were battled over in a dramatic tug-of-war on the frontlines of society -- and for Monty Python, the threat of prison loomed.

Film

Attack of the 50-Foot Women! From Nancy Archer to Rep. Lisa Brown

How a classic B-movie poster speaks to the contemporary "War on Women".

Film

They Won't Stay Dead: The Changing Guises of Horror Film and Censorship

The controversy surrounding A Serbian Film is symptomatic of an ominous development in the horror genre's combative relationship with the censors.

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'The Picture of Dorian Gray': An Uncensored Version of a Scandalous Classic

"Why is it, Dorian, that a man like the Duke of Berwick leaves the room of a club when you enter it?" Now we know.

Books

Missouri Might Ban Another Book?

Celebrate Banned Books Week by speaking out: tell Wesley Scroggins that Laurie Halse Anderson's 'Speak' is not pornography.

Games

Analyzing State of Massachusetts House Bill 1423

What would the so-called Massachusetts "Games-as-Porn" bill really mean?

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Manhunt 2

The issues surrounding Manhunt 2's release make it more interesting as an example of game editing and censorship than as a game.

Arun Subramanian
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The Gangster Film Reader by Alain Silver and James Ursini [Eds]

In an age when gangsters have given way to gangstas, it's refreshing to find a book that takes the older breed seriously.

David Sterritt
Books

Nerdfighter Lit: Interview with John Green

"I would also argue, and no one agrees with me on this but I will argue it anyway, that not all "young adult" novels are about teenagers." PopMatters talks to John Green about literature, pop culture, and all those Katherines.

Jodie Janella Keith

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