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Conservative groups mistake academic study of romance novels for ‘government-funded porn’

By Scott Kaufman
Monday, December 30, 2013 17:30 EDT
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According to The Daily Caller‘s Patrick Howley, “Obama’s federal government funded [a] hardcore porn project.”

Conservative groups are already lining up to protest the “Popular Romance Project.”

“We are appalled that the federal government would use taxpayer funds to promote pornography,” said Dawn Hawkins, executive director of Morality in Media.

Far from “promoting pornography,” the Popular Romance Project is an academic endeavor co-sponsored by the American Library Association and the Library of Congress Center for the Book. According to its official website, the Project “will explore the fascinating, often contradictory origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs, and internet fan fiction, taking a global perspective—while looking back across time as far as the ancient Greeks.”

The Daily Caller‘s Howley mocks the project at length before linking its existence to what he believes were false Democratic claims about a Republican “War on Women” in the last election.

Women, however, make up 91 percent of romance readers, and are the target demographic for the Project whose existence Howley mocks.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) received $914,000 over three years — a small fraction of its $153 million yearly operating budget — from “Obama’s federal government” to partially fund the project.

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Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
 
 
 
 
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