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FEPP Archives - Reviews

Censorship 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.

Rereading Sex
(December 17, 2002) - If you are interested in the origins of our present-day struggles over sexual information and ideas, Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz’s detailed rendering the 19th century landscape is packed with incidents and insights. Rereading Sex: Battles Over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in Nineteenth-Century America.

The 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.

The Lives Behind The Cases
(August 4, 2003) - Stephanie Elizondo Griest reviews Speaking Our Minds: Conversations With the People Behind Landmark First Amendment Cases.

Terrorism 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.

Media Democracy and the First Amendment
(November 14, 2003) - Why government regulation to break up media conglomerates advances democracy and the First Amendment.


The Free Expression Policy Project began in 2000 as a project of the National Coalition Against Censorship, to provide empirical research and policy development on tough censorship issues and seek free speech-friendly solutions to the concerns that drive censorship campaigns. In 2004-2007, it was part of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Past funders have included the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Educational Foundation of America, the Open Society Institute, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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