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  • Censorship

    In France, censorship is personified by the ugly old woman Anastasie, generally portrayed wielding an enormous pair of scissors (les ciseaux d'Anastasie). This personification became popular in the second half of the 19th century; the caricature by Andre Gill (above) was particularly influential. The word is probably derived from the name of Pope Anastasios I, who was known for the fervor with which he attempted to suppress the publication of books he considered did not conform adequately to Catholic dogma.

    May 19, 2011