Sunday, September 30, 2012

Book Banning

Optional prompt: Banned books week

The first time I ever remember hearing about a book being banned, it was the book, Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret.  Apparently there was a mention of menstruation in the book?  People didn't think that was appropriate material for kids.  No, that wasn't appropriate, but those horrible films they make the fifth grade classes watch?  Those are sooooo much better. 

Then, there was a furor over the book Forever, another Judy Blume book, because there is a mention of someone having sex.  I was in high school at the time, so of course we ALL wanted to read the book and we did.  While I liked the book, the part that was causing all the uproar was less than titillating, I thought.  I didn't see what the fuss was about. 

Of course, there ar idiots out there who would ban books they disagree with, or books that have objectionable content, or books that were written by women...the list goes on and on.  Sometimes there are books that I would like to burn, like everything ever written by Ann Coulter.  However, I would never do such at thing, because who am I to claim any sort of moral or mental authority?  It is up to each person to use their own judgment as to what they like or don't like, and then to use that judgment to walk away from what they don't care for.  If you don't like it, don't buy it, and don't read it, and certainly, don't talk about it for hours on end on Facebook.

It's that simple.


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  1. No kidding. It isn't like anyone is forcing someone to read many of these books!

  2. Sometimes I think making a list of books that are deemed inappropriate in some ridiculous way for teens enables the teens to better make their lists of books they must read! :)

  3. Great post! I agree with very word.

  4. That's exactly what I think. If you don't like something, don't make a song-and-dance about it. Why do people do that, anyway? It just seems stupid to me. What might offend one of my friends could turn out to be my favourite book just because we have some different views. Yeah. I think Banned Book week is really interesting. Liked your post. :)

  5. Don't like it. Don't read it. It's like me suggesting we ban peas (I hate peas) and grapefruit because I don't agree with their existence. (Because food is definitely like books.) Our society has some seriously warped way of dealing with things.


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