Saturday, September 29, 2007

One Of These Days, I Hope To Be On This List

All Over And Everywhere

It's Banned Books Week! Woohoo! So, go ahead and piss off the delicate sensibilities of asshats everywhere and read one of these 10 most challenged books of 2006.
  • "And Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group;
  • "Gossip Girls" series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language;
  • "Alice" series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;
  • "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things" by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
  • "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
  • "Scary Stories" series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity;
  • "Athletic Shorts" by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language.
  • "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group
  • "Beloved" by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group;
  • "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.
Oooh. Satanism, offensive language, anti-family values and sex. Lots and lots of sex. Big, juicy, steamy piles of SEX.

And, of course, insensitivity. We can't have that now, can we?

Especially with all that fucking going on.


pattinase (abbott) said...

Hard to believe the Morrison books are on there. Both great books. Why is the difference between exposing and advocating various acts so hard for these people

Stephen Blackmoore said...

Oh, that's an easy one.

They can't differentiate them because the simple act of an act's existence is a bad thing. It threatens their carefully constructed universe.

These are the sorts of people who want to protect their children by denying that the world exists, as opposed to giving them the tools to figure out how to deal with it when mummy and daddy aren't around, anymore.

Welcome to the Coddled Generation.

Randy Johnson said...

Coddled generation indeed. Most parents forget what it was like when we were children. I'm old enough to remember people outraged about the occasional hell or damn on TV. My generation didn't get it then. We heard more of that every day at school than on a week of television. Now they are doing it to their children. They want to stick their head in the sand and pretend it doesn't exist rather than,as you say, give them the means to figure it out when they go out into the world on their own.

Michelle said...

I am SOOOOO going to the library right now. Especially with all that sexual content. How much you want to bet a lot of it is just closed-mouth kissing? I bet the homosexuality is daddy giving sonny a big hug. Or would that be incest? Didn't see that on the list. Those children's authors must be slacking...if any of you are reading....we need more kid's books with INCEST, damn it!

Michelle said... are right on that one. Truthfully, the only thing I really restrict our daughter (who is only 3, btw) at this point is obvious violence (to prevent nightmares), things we'd rather not have to explain at the moment ("why is the daddy on top of the mommy sweating and making piggie noises?" Ahem...), etc.

Hell, she probably hears more cussing in her preschool class than she ever would on tv. Some of the expressions she's come home with....shit....and she's in a private school, to boot.

Her favorite show is COPS, btw, and INSISTED on dressing up as a police officer this year. She's THREE for chrissakes...we even tried to convince her to dress as a princess, wonderwoman, puppydog...anything a "normal" 3-year-old would, but nope....she wants to be a cop, and was so excited when her costume came and it had a "real" ticket book so she could write the "bad boys" lots and lots of tickets, and "take them to jail". daughter. I gotta be doing something right :).

Hmmmm....maybe I should make these books bedtime reading.


PS...I've got a book I bought at a vintage shop...near mint paperback of a '70's teenage book called "Dinky Hopper Shoots Smack". Those were the days....what happened to nice books like that?