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He called himself “the weeder in God’s garden.”

Amy Werbel on America's most influential censor: Searching for Smut: Hot on the trail of Anthony Comstock (1844-1915). Comstock wielded the 1873 Comstock Act (named for him) like a cudgel to improve the morals of the nation, protect children, and stamp out indecency. [more inside]
posted by julen on Apr 7, 2015 - 15 comments

Just For The Fun Of It

Collector's Weekly offers us a history of the condom in the United States.
posted by gman on Aug 18, 2012 - 22 comments

The FDA burns books on herbal sweetner.

The FDA burns books on herbal sweetner. Starting with the 19th century's Comstock Act the US has had the power to confiscate and destroy "obscene" materials. The FDA used this power to destroy the works of Wilhelm Reich and now the herbal sweetner Stevia.
posted by skallas on Aug 5, 2001 - 10 comments

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