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You are your own censor

13 October 1984


The author of this article sums up the events that happened at the meeting in Coos Bay about the fate of Playboy magazine. The board voted to keep the magazine in the library and said that they cannot act as parents to children. The author then states several bullet points that acted in favor of the board. The Supreme Court has ruled that Playboy is not pornographic. Libraries in Oregon are allowed to hold material that some may view as pornographic, this guarantees the right of free press and speech. The argument that pornography is connected to child abuse has inconclusive evidence, and there are appropriate places where all information can be made available. The author finishes the article with a suggestion that change should be made at the root of the problem, parent and child education.


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