CBLDF Tackles New Hampshire Bill That Would Restrict Reading In Schools

The CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship to protest against H.B. 103, a New Hampshire bill that would require school districts to provide two weeks' advance parental notice about "curriculum course material used for instruction of human sexuality or human sexual education."

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The bill is intended to regulate material used in sex education courses, but the language is imprecise about what is considered "objectionable" material that the CBLDF believes it might be used to target books used in other courses. Material as diverse as Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl, Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, and most works by Shakespeare could be flagged for "sexual content." As could Howard Cruse's Stuck Rubber Baby, Craig Thompson's Blankets, and Ariel Schrag's autobiographical high school tetralogy, AwkwardDefinitionPotential, and Likewise.

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And The bill would have an immediate effect on sex ed comics such as Not Your Mother's Meatloaf by Saiya Miller and Liza Bley and Stuff About Sex by David Mellon. 

Given the possible objections that could be raised against educational materials beyond sex education, the bill could undermine education in New Hampshire and encourage the avoidance of any material, comic book or otherwise, concerning sexuality.

The signed letter from the CBLDF is below.

NewHampshireLetterNCAC-1 by betsy.gomez on Scribd

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