September 27, 2010
BANNED BOOKS WEEK: Monday
Banned Books Week is important for me to celebrate because I have a serious problem with other people trying to censor me. I didn't like being told what to do as a child and I sure as hell don't want someone telling me what to do as an adult. Especially when it has nothing to do with my safety or performing a job correctly.
How dare someone tell me what I can and cannot read? Who are you to to tell me what is and is not appropriate for me? I get that you want to protect your child. I do, I really really get that. If you want to raise a fuss and get books taken out of required classroom reading, you can start with The Scarlet Letter for all I care (no, really, start with that dreadful book. I had to read it twice.) But don't tell me what to read on my own time. And don't BAN the book. There is no need for such drastic measures. I get that you are scared. I get that you're crazy as hell and don't know how to talk to your kids about important subjects so you sure as hell don't want a book doing it. I get that you do not have any idea who you are or what you really believe because otherwise you would be secure enough not to be threatened by differing viewpoints. I get it. But you don't have any right to tell me or my children what we can and cannot read. Last time I checked we still had a Bill of Rights in America.
Don't tell me I am too young for a book about rape. Am I too young to be raped? Nope. Then I am not too young to read about it. Don't tell me I am too young to read about murder. Am I too young to be murdered? No? Then I am not too young to read about it. Don't tell me I can't read a book about a kid with two mommies to my child. Is it going to make my child gay? A) No, and B) Who cares. It's my child's choice. Besides, all homosexuals came from two straight people so maybe you should be looking into the heterosexuals of the world and seeing wtf their problem is. I'm just sayin'.
So, yeah, I have a BIG problem with censorship. It pisses me off. You should be thanking your lucky stars your child even bothered to pick up a book in the first place. How many teenagers actually choose to read these days?
Everyday this week I am having a post about banned books. No, I am not going to go on a rant everyday (though I could, no doubt) but it will be entertaining so I hope you come back and check it out!
QUESTION OF THE DAY: What banned book(s) are you reading this week?