Philobiblon: Net nuggets No 8

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Net nuggets No 8

* Surely in litiguous America someone could sue to free a captive 16-year-old boy? Zach has been forced by his parents into a camp to "turn" him from gay to straight. Read the details - female inmates are forced to shave their underarms and legs twice a week. It is hard to think of a worse case of psychological child abuse.

* In Britain, liberty is being attacked by a "religious hatred" bill that will provide one particular set of beliefs with an astonishing degree of protection from criticism. (Replace "religion" with "communism" and see what you think ... what's the difference?) Ephems of BLB sets out the issue.

* There was a lot more to Helen Keller than her work with the blind, yet memories of her have become one-dimensional, a fate she shares with many other famous women, this article argues.

* It is very US-orientated, but then we are all "publishing" in the US, so this Legal Guide for Bloggers is well worth a read.


Blogger Penny L. Richards said...

Anyone interested in the real Helen Keller needs to check out Kim Nielsen's _The Radical Lives of Helen Keller_ (NYU Press 2004), or her new edited collection of Helen Keller's selected writings (NYU Press 2005). In fact, I have this invite right here...

NYU Press and the American Foundation for the Blind invite you to celebrate the publication of Helen Keller: Selected Writings, Edited by Kim E. Nielsen, On the 125th Anniversary of Helen Keller's Birth

Monday, June 27, 2005
American Foundation for the Blind
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York, NY
(7th Avenue between 31st and 32nd Streets)
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

R.S.V.P. 212-998-2506

In case anyone reading this is in New York next Monday.

6/22/2005 03:01:00 pm  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

Thanks Penny. I confess my knowledge of Keller comes almost entirely from a Reader's Digest Condensed book that I owned in my early teens and still remember. (I thought they were the height of intellectual sophistication at the the time.) It's undoubtedly time I updated that!

6/23/2005 03:06:00 am  
Blogger Chava said...

Dear Natalie,

I confess to surprize and bewilderment that parents can actually imprison a son this way. It reminds me of how _lettres de cachet_ were used in the _ancien regime_.

Numbers of details make visible other hatreds of the body and enforced repression of natural sexuality, like the one about girls forced to shave their legs and under their arms twice weekly.

And yes the "protection" afforded the religious sect, Christianity, is
ominous in the sense that it connects what is happening in western society to religious fundamentalism in Muslim ones.


6/23/2005 02:30:00 pm  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

Yes Chava, I wondered about the legal position (and perhaps it varies from state by state in the US.) But could the 16yo just leave, or do his parents have the legal right to force him to live where they say? Anybody?

6/23/2005 07:54:00 pm  

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