Challenged Works


Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Sexual Fantasies

By Nancy Friday (1991)

Book based on interviews with women who described their sexual fantasies in detail.




Challenges

1997—Winnipeg police entered libraries in the city and threatened to lay charges if this book were not withdrawn immediately from library shelves. The police were acting on advice from the Crown attorney’s office, which was responding to an anonymous call to a radio phone-in show. The police also said they would prosecute anyone caught distributing the book, including bookstores. At the same time, RCMP officers in B.C. raided three libraries looking for copies of the book but without success.

Objection—The book, which was based on interviews with women who described their sexual fantasies in detail, was said to be pornographic. Although the book had been published in 1991, no charges had ever been brought against it.

Update—Within a week, the Manitoba Crown attorney’s office retreated from the controversy, saying that a successful prosecution would be unlikely. In B.C., civil rights organizations and the B.C. Library Association objected to the RCMP’s intimidation of librarians.



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