Oct 14, 2009

Australia Post stamps out raunchy Penguins

The retail arm of Australia Post has banned the sale of three literature classics amid concern over racy passages and graphic sex scenes.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

The retail arm of Australia Post has banned the sale of three literature classics amid concern over racy passages and graphic sex scenes.

Crikey understands that two weeks ago, staff at 848 PostShop outlets across the country were ordered to pull the Popular Penguin titles Lolita, The History of Sexuality and The Delta of Venus from shelves after customer complaints. All three books contain celebrated sexual encounters and lurid language.

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58 thoughts on “Australia Post stamps out raunchy Penguins

  1. Dermot McGuire

    ah Andrew lolita was twelve not fourteen made it even more shocking.

  2. baal

    I wish AP would stop selling things I manage to avoid by not going into shops that sell videos of Andre Rieux. Can’t they just stick to stamps rather than toys and printers and colouring-in books all stacked in cardboard bins designed to block your progress to the counter

  3. Duncan Beard

    Andre Rieux is more offensive than anything in Lolita.

  4. Sean

    So what’s the angle on this ‘story’? It’s very difficult to work out whether the writer is for or agin the whole thing, whether he’s upset for Penguin’s lost revenues, or angry with Oz Post for making a legitimate decision about what is appropriate for it to stock on its shelves. These sorts of titles have been historically banned altogether by censors in the past, but is the author suggesting the need for censorship is now over, or vetting racy titles in general public view is a no-no, etc etc. Long treatment here that veers all over the place and yet doesn’t name what the ‘problem ‘ is for any kind of analysis at all — it just reports and reports and reports with a sort of sotto voce snideness that points in every direction at once. This is almost becoming a hallmark of many of the turgid non-stories in Crikey in general. Starting assumption is that everyone else is wrong, but the opinions and motivations of the author remain confidential, you have to guess the subtext based on an assumed psychic connection to the author’s mood at the moment it was written, something like an opaque song lyric or a piece of poetry written in a garret. But we like to be maddeningly contrarian, you just have to guess which twist we’ll take next.

  5. paddy

    Bloody hell Andrew…….
    I thought this article was satire when I started reading it.

    Since it’s actually true, I guess that rules out Australia Post selling Firstdog cartoons over the counter for the foreseeable future.

    What a bunch of wankers!!!

  6. Jason

    What a fucking bunch of fucking cunts.

  7. SBH

    Sean, there is a very real problem that a wholly government owned enterprise removes works of literature without any clear criteria. Why should they not also remove Harry Potter because magic is synonomous with the devil or something else because it says dinosaurs were the result of evolution? Worrying. I reiterate your namesake’s succint critique above.

  8. Tom

    Fox News (much funnier than the Comedy Channel) recently ran a story suggesting the ‘moral fibre’ of America is in decline through allowing “these arts people” to display prornography whenever and seemingly wherever they chose with legal impunity. Bad ‘arts’ people one thought until they showed examples of that which offended them, Venus de Milo statue and a couple of paintings by Rubens (all with ‘offensive bits’ onscured).
    What strain of idiot nitwit complains to Australia Post about classical literature and worse, what strain of idiot nitwit at Australia Post actually takes any notice of them? For pity sake has the idiot nitwit Fielding been appointed PM while I wasn’t watching?

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