Judith Levine Wins LA Times Book Prize

Last spring, a CLAGS symposium, “Sexual Censorship: Why
Can’t we Talk Honestly about Young People and Sex,”
considered the conservative outrage over Judith Levine’s book,
Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex.
Among the many issues discussed, Levine recounted the
troubles she had getting the book published until the University
of Minnesota Press accepted the manuscript. One publisher had
called the book “radioactive.” But judges of the Los Angeles
Times Book Prize recognized the work as “a cogent and
passionate critique of the war against young people’s sexuality.”
The citation continues, “An uncompromising humanist and
feminist, Judith Levine exposes the moral panic behind such
policies as ‘abstinence-only’ sex education and insists on adults’
responsibility to give affirmative support to children’s and
teenagers’ sexual development.” The judges also commended
the University of Minnesota Press for its courage in publishing
the book in the face of attacks by outraged state legislators.