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Target Censor Words Including ‘Trans’, ‘Queer’ and ‘Nazi’ from Book Descriptions

Target Corporation’s decision to redact certain words from their books’ product descriptions has been met with dissatisfaction.  Specific words such as “queer,” “transgender” and “Nazi” have been erased from their descriptions, with a number of publishers reporting that their descriptions include asterisks instead of the keywords that were intended.

 

One example was given by Heather Gernenz, a publicity manager at the University of Illinois Press. When Cael Keegan, author of the book Lana and Lilly Wachowski told the press that Monday that the word “transgender” had been replaced three times by asterisks in the description on Target.com. The book is about the transgender film director siblings, and so the word is vital in the book. Gernenz’s complaint meant that the description changed for the paperback edition of the title, although she had to submit another request for the title’s hardcover edition.
 

 

According to Publisher’s Weekly, publishers say that Target.com has fixed some descriptions that were initially altered but there are still books that still contain redacted words such as Trans: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability by Jack Halberstam, We Make It Better: The LGBTQ Community and their Positive Contributions to Society by Eric Rosswood and Kathleen Archambeau. Books about Nazi Germany also have words in their descriptions that have been redacted such as World War II: The Illustrated Story of the Second World War by John Burns where “Hitler” and “Nazi” have been erased from the product description. 

 

It was also noted bt PW that Target had redacted from book product descriptions this past December when it was tweeted by Nina Packlebush, the author of Girls Like Me, a YA novel about a pregnant teen who is pansexual and the word “queer” was swabbed.

 

When a Target representative responded to Packlebush’s complaint by explaining that the company saw “queer’ as a slur and therefore believed that the word needed to be redacted. Packlebush, however, put pressure with the help of her publisher and others the word returned to the product description by January 6th, but Target.com replaced the word with “trans” which left Packlebush pointing out that the replacement was an inaccurate reference to the book’s main character. Obviously ‘trans’ and ‘queer’ are not interchangeable words.

 

Why does Target keep redacting these words from the book’s product descriptions? Well, Ohio University director Tony Sanfilippo states that it might be a company well-meaning policy gone wrong. However, he adds that if they want Nazis and Nazi-themed products out if their search results there are ways that don’t censor.
 

 

“If you can’t say ‘Nazi,’ you can’t stop Nazis,” Sanfilippo says. “And if you can’t search for books about the trans community and trans issues, your search engine and your corporate philosophy are morally flawed.” 

 

Maybe, the company will have to change this policy because if it is not done soon there could be the possibility that publishers could no longer depend on the company for the publishing of other titles.

 

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9 Books That Will Make You Do a Double Take

Sometimes when I’m browsing through the shelves of my local bookstore or library, I’ll read a title on a spine that makes me stop and look again just to make sure I read it right. Below are some of the best examples of this that the Internet has to offer.  Some are meant to be ironic. Some are completely serious. All are one hundred percent real.

 

 

 

1. Nuclear War: What’s in it for You? by Ground Zero Fund, Inc.

 

 

 

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What indeed. This book is actually out of date (as you can probably tell by looking at the cover image) since it was written during the Cold War. However, it provides all the basic information a reader could possibly need in order to understand the frightening implications of nuclear weapons.

 

 

 

 

2. Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with your Cat by Kaori Tsutaya

 

 

 

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Believe it or not, this book is actually a bestseller on Amazon, and it is about exactly what it sounds like. I guess a lot of people are interested in felting with cat hair; if your cat sheds a lot, I’m sure it’s nice to be able to put all that fur to use.

 

 

 

3. Knitting with Dog Hair: Better a Sweater from a Dog You Know and Love than from a Sheep You’ll Never Meet by Kendall Crolius and Anne Montgomery

 

 

 

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Maybe you are a dog person instead. In that case, don’t worry – there’s a crafting book for you too! Dog hair can also be used to make all kinds of garments and accessories.

 

 

 

 

4. How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide by Meghan Doherty

 

 

 

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I feel like this should be required reading for the entire human race. It’s illustrated similarly to the original Dick and Jane books, but I’d argue that this book is much more educational. It explains very plainly how to be a decent human being. You really have no excuse to be a dick.

 

 

 

5. Old Tractors and the Men Who Love Them: How to Keep Your Tractors Happy and Your Family Running by Roger Welsch

 

 

 

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The book for when your tractor is your life. This essay collection will help you take care of your tractor and will give you a good laugh.

 

 

 

6. The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification by Julian Montegue

 

 

 

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I know what you’re thinking: is there a field guide for carts of western North America? Unfortunately, the answer is no, but this book can easily be adapted for other regions. It is thorough with lots of pictures of its subjects in various habitats and a detailed classification system. Much more interesting than bird watching.

 

 

 

7. Bombproof Your Horse: Teach Your Horse to Be Confident, Obedient, and Safe, No Matter What You Encounter by Rick Pelicano

 

 

 

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Hopefully you never face a situation in which you or your horse would be bombed. If you are anticipating such an occurrence, then you might need a different book. However, if you are anticipating any number of lesser crises that might confuse or scare your horse, then this book will tell you how to train your horse to be more confident and calm no matter what happens.

 

 

 

8. Cooking with Poo by Poo Saiyuud Diwong

 

 

 

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This is an unfortunate example of what happens when a name just doesn’t sound right to English readers. As you’ll notice, Poo is the name of the author. She runs a cooking school in Bangkok. 

 

 

 

9. Are Women Human?: And Other International Dialogues by Catherine A. MacKinnon

 

 

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You might have several ideas as to the subject of this book based on its title. To be clear, it’s actually about human rights and mistreatment of women around the globe, but the title definitely grabs your attention.

 

 

 

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Sorcerer’s Stone or Philosopher’s Stone? 9 Books with Different Titles in Different Countries

A title can make or break a book, as even if you’ve mastered the art of NOT judging a book by its cover, it’s almost impossible not to judge a book by its title. 

 

Here are some of the most notable books which have been published under differing titles in differing parts of the world. 

 

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone outside of the USA. While filming the movies, the actors had to shoot all scenes with mention of the stone twice, once saying ‘sorcerer’ and again saying ‘philosopher.’ 

 

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2. Smilla’s Sense of Snow and Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow are the same book by Peter Høeg, however as the book was originally written in Danish, the titles vary due to different translations. A film adaptation starring Julia Ormond and Gabriel Byrne used the former title. 

 

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3. Northern Lights and The Golden Compass are the two titles for the first of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. A frankly awful film adaptation was made under the title The Golden Compass, which hugely simplified the plot and was, in my opinion, an affront to the books and all who love them. 

 

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4. The Lonely Girl and Girl With Green Eyes both refer to the second of Edna O’Brien’s Country Girls trilogy. When the first of the series was published in Ireland in 1960, it was banned for its frank depictions of female sexuality. Her family’s parish priest openly burned copies of the novel, which is credited with opening up the dialogue surrounding sexuality and women’s rights in Ireland at the time. 

 

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5. The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose and Who Do You Think You Are? are the same collection of short stories by Nobel Prize-winner Alice Munro. Under the title The Beggar Maid it was nominated for the Man Booker in 1980. Munro is the first ever short-story writer to win the Nobel Prize for her services to literature. 

 

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6. Little Bee and The Other Hand are the two titles given to Chris Cleave’s novel about a Nigerian asylum seeker and a British magazine editor. A film adaptation starring Nicole Kidman is in the works.

 

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7. Anne of Windy Willows and Anne of Windy Poplars are the British and North American/Canadian titles for the fourth book in Lucy Maude Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Green Gables series, in which Anne is a teacher and writing letters to her fiance Gilbert. You may remember Gilbert as the boy who called her ‘carrots’ when she first came to Avonlea. Young love.

 

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8. Down Under and In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson are the titles of his book about Australia. The phrase In a Sunburned Country is taken from the Australian poem My Country by Dorothea MacKellar. 

 

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9. Schindler’s Ark and Schindler’s List are the British and American titles of Thomas Keneally’s World War II novel, which was later adapted into the hugely successful Steven Spielberg film starring Liam Neeson.

 

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10 Bands You Never Knew Were Named After Novels

There’s nothing better than when two art forms come together. Multiple musicians were so inspired by books that they named their bands after the title or characters in the story. Here are ten of the most popular acts that were inspired by literature:

 

1. The Velvet Underground

 

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The Lou Reed-fronted art-rock band took its name from the popular 1960s novel about masochism by Michael Leigh, The Velvet Underground

 

2. Modest Mouse

 

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Seattle rock band, Modest Mouse, took their name from a line in Virginia Woolf’s story Mark on the Wall. The line reads: “…Very frequent even in the minds of modest, mouse-colored people.” They chose that name for its ambiguous meaning. 

 

3. Big Brother and the Holding Company

 

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The band that helped establish Janis Joplin as a 60s culture icon took its name from the dictators in George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, 1984

 

4. Genesis

 

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The Progressive rock outfit took its name from the first book of the Old Testament.

 

5. The Doors

 

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It should come as no surprise that the classic rock band known for its lyrical content were well-read. The Doors took their name from Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception, which is about Huxley’s experiences with mescaline.

 

6. Steppenwolf

 

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Canadian rock band, known for “Magic Carpet Ride” and “Born to be Wild”, named themselves after Swiss author Hermann Hesse’s novel with the same name.

 

7. Catch 22

 

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This third-wave ska band took its name from Joseph Heller’s 20th-century satirical classic Catch 22.

 

8. Titus Andronicus

 

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The New Jersey punk group took its name from the Shakespearean play written over 400 years before the band formed. 

 

9. Opeth

 

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The Swedish Heavy Metal band took its name from the novel Sunbird by Wilbur Smith. Opeth is the name of a South African city in the novel that means “City of the Moon.”

 

10. Belle and Sebastian

 

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This group took its name from the children’s book Belle et Sébastienwhich is about a young boy and his dog who live in the French Alps. 

 

Do you know more bands whose names are inspired by books? 

 

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