06/28/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sex Columns Open Dialogue, Trigger Censorship Debate

Last spring, the University of Montana's student newspaper Montana Kaimin published their first sex-column series, "Bess Sex." After only a few articles, Kristen Juras, a University of Montana law professor, attempted to enlist the support of the Montana state Legislature to censor the column out of the paper.

The Kaimin editorial board stood by "Bess Sex" columnist Bess Davis throughout the controversy, saying that for our "sexually active generation," a sex column can be helpful as a forum for opening up dialogue. Almost a year later, Juras has failed to attract the support for her censorship crusade, and the Kaimin is still running sex columns.

Elsewhere, student journalists have lost their jobs because of sex-column controversies.

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