Swearwords in the content (clean images) so consider this post borderline NSFW. READ MORE: Is the New Lady Chatterley’s Lover Adaption Borderline Pornographic? God, We Hope So..
A British health website, DrEd.com, delved into the entire corpus of literature, both fiction and nonfiction, to explore the way certain words having to do with “venereal” matters have appeared, faded, or been associated with new companion words over the last two centuries. READ MORE: Sex Talk in Literature: How It’s Changed Over 200 Years | Flavorwire.
As recommended by followers of the BuzzFeed Community. I also recommend reading the comments for why these books were recommended by users – heart-rending.
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These books showed you that it was more than OK to be gay. READ MORE: 16 LGBT Books That Will Actually Change Your Life | BuzzFeed
Here are 50 films that challenged censors. READ MORE: 50 Essential NC-17 Films | Flavorwire.
Children have to learn the birds and the bees somehow, and the 1975 book How a Baby Is Made was written to show them EVERY step of the process. In graphic detail. READ MORE: This Vintage Children’s Book Leaves Nothing To The Imagination | BuzzFeed
How Can You Prevent Sexual Assault? Web Comic ‘Game’ Has Advice | CNET. With this choose-your-own-adventure online comic [interactive graphic novel], students discover how their decisions can ignite or diffuse uncomfortable sexual situations.
Can Wearable Tech Prevent Sexual Assault? | FastCompany Roar is a startup that’s building a wearable device designed to deter attackers and notify loved ones.
While it would be great if we were past the whole “banning books” thing, the fact remains that hundreds of books have their places in libraries or on school reading lists challenged each year.
According to the American Library Association, books are most commonly challenged for being “sexually explicit” or containing “offensive language.” But some of the books that are most often challenged are also literary classics, containing storylines that almost everyone can learn from.
In honor of Banned Books Week 2014, we’ve pulled together a list of controversial books that every woman should read. They cover sexual freedom and women pushing back against prescribed roles, oppression against women and people of color, and what it means to be a woman in different places and times. Above all, they are stories well told.
Prior to World War II, GLBTI literature was hidden, with knowledge of its existence largely known only to members of the community, who shared texts among themselves. Occasionally a work of fiction would find its way into general circulation, but the books typically resorted to coded inferences of desire or served as warnings against the danger and immorality of homosexuality. This pattern continued until the 1969 Stonewall riot, which is largely accepted as the beginning of the GLBTI rights movement. The last three decades of the 20th century saw the establishment of GLBTI presses, bookstores, awards, and reading and book clubs, as well as literary festivals, writers’ conferences, and professional organizations. The closet was open, and the GLBTI community had found its voice.
Collection development and readers’ advisory (RA) staff can take advantage of a unique opportunity for professional growth by acquainting themselves with the widely dispersed sources of information about GLBTI literature. The task of identifying worthy contemporary purchases is best accomplished by consulting awards and recommended reading lists.
See the full article (which includes a longish list of recommended GLBTI fiction): via GLBTI Fiction: Opening the Fiction Closet | Library Journal.