Everyone in and out of the book blogging universe is freaking out over a professor’s article about ‘Filthy Books.’ I’m all for sticking to your own opinions, and this where I’m going to stick with mine. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, the article is here. This guy calls Laurie Halse Anderson’s book Speak, ‘soft porn.’ He also mentions Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer. Even though I entered the #SpeakLoudly chat late, I have strong opinions that agree with al the other bloggers out there.
I know everyone is different, but I’m really dissapointed and upset at how other people think. Speak is not ‘soft porn,’ it’s about a girl who is raped and doesn’t speak up about it. I’ve never read Speak, but I have seen the movie. Let me tell you how much of an impact it made on my classmates and I. Rape isn’t something to joke around about and it DEFINITELY isn’t porn. It happens in our world way too often and more people than you think don’t say anything about it. Speak just speaks up about that issue. If we keep turning our heads away to a problem, it’s never going to get solved. You may not want to hear it, but the truth is out there.
This article also talks about book banning from schools and libraries. I have no idea why they bother with banning books. Yes, I understand some things may not be appropriate for some age groups. But if you’re giving high school teens young adult novels, there is nothing wrong with that. Banning a book just makes us want to read it more because we’re rebellious. By banning a book from us, you’re keeping us from learning about things in our lives. Books are more than just reading material, they teach, inspire and enlighten us. And by taking that away, you’re taking more than you think.
More and more young adult books contain sex, rape and drugs. Not just for the heck of it, but also because they’re trying to teach us things about them. Parents try to censor their kids from those things. I’m glad to say that my parents don’t, but many kids my age have parents that do. If we feel uncomfortable talking about it with our parents, and they don’t let us read about it, how are we supposed to learn? School does teach us about those things, but it only goes so far. Honest to god, I’m actually happy when a book contains more mature content. Growing up is part of life and no one should take that away from us. If it’s happening in the school I go too, what would be the difference if I read it on a page instead?!
There was my take on it. I have so much more to say, but I would be going on forever. Here are other bloggers’ posts on this topic:
I urge everyone out there to SPEAK UP and SPEAK LOUDLY.
No one ever speaks for you.