Name: Bio textbook censored

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  North America

SubjectExplicit Sexuality


Artist: High school biology textbook

Confronting Bodies: The Lynchburg City School Board

Date of Action: September 2000

Specific Location: Lynchburg, Virginia

Description of Artwork: A biology textbook with an illustration of a vagina

Description of Incident: The Lynchburg City School Board voted to censor a science textbook because it included a picture of a vagina, despite the fact that a committee of parents, teachers, and students approved the book prior to the beginning of the semester.

Results of Incident: Board members agreed to purchase the textbooks only if the illustration was removed. School officials blacked out, tore out, or placed some sort of unremovable label over the illustration before it was given to students. The 200 books, minus the vagina illustration, were used for the following months in Lynchburg City biology courses.

Source:, NCAC

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