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No Sugar, No Spice, Nothing Nice

Published February 10, 2017 by Shadow Girl

2017 marks the 8th Annual
Women in Horror Month!

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This inclusive and positive movement is open to everyone, just as the horror genre should be.

Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre.

WiHM celebrates these contributions to horror throughout the year via the official WiHM blog, Ax Wound, The Ax Wound Film Festival, and with the official WiHM event/project database in February. This database—in conjunction with the WiHM social media fan base—actively promotes do-it-yourself annual film screenings, blogs/articles, podcasts, and any other form of creative media with the ultimate goal of helping works by and featuring women reach a wider audience.

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Celebrate Your Freedom – Read Banned Books!

Published October 1, 2016 by Shadow Girl

 

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Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. The 10 most challenged titles of 2015 were:

Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).

I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).

The Holy Bible
Reasons: Religious viewpoint.

Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).

Habibi, by Craig Thompson
Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.

Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).

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Hundreds of books have been either removed or challenged in schools and libraries in the United States every year. According to the American Library Association (ALA), there were at least 311 in 2014. ALA estimates that 70 to 80 percent are never reported.

SUPPORT BANNED BOOKS WEEK – What You Can Do 

Help support the Banned Books Week initiative by purchasing promotional products like the posters featured here, including T-shirts, buttons and bookmarks. Visit the ALA Store to purchase these products.

SUPPORT THE EFFORT TO DEFEND THE FIRST AMENDMENT IN LIBRARIES AND BEYOND

The Freedom to Read Foundation works every day to ensure that you have access to information you want and the materials you need. Become a member or make a donation today.

SUPPORT BOOKSELLERS

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund sells signed comic books and t-shirts. Support your right to read comic books by purchasing merchandise from their store.

 

The American Society of Journalists and Authors sells “I Read Banned Books” buttons for $1 each. Check out their store for more information.

 

 

Purchase Project Censored latest book, The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2013-14. To purchase, please visit their site.

 

Support These Banned Books Week sponsors:

‘Sex Machine’ turns 69 today!!

Published November 3, 2015 by Shadow Girl

Happy 69th Birthday Tom Savini!

October 5 is World Teachers’ Day

Published October 5, 2015 by Shadow Girl

‘According to a Japanese proverb, “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” There’s truth in those words, as anyone who has ever had a great teacher will know!’

I’ve had a few teachers that had an impact on my life. The one who has always shined the brightest is Mr. Wright – my homeroom, civics, and government teacher.
Sadly, he passed away shortly after he retired from Lincoln Park High School, (Go Rails!).
Between Mr. Wright, and a friend named Alicia Burman, I pulled my act together, was inducted into the National Honor Society, and graduated LPHS with honors. I haven’t been able to locate Alicia since high school, social media hasn’t helped me on my quest at all. But… if she ever sees this blog – SUPER HUGS AND A MILLION THANK YOUS!

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