Every year the American Library Association bans a number of books for various reasons. Many of the books on this year’s list, the reason is because of sexual content. Now it doesn’t matter if books that have sex in them are banned from being taught in schools, kids will see/hear about sex in movies and television. Are we going to start banning those too? I mean I know there are ratings on movies and the such, but kids still manage to find a way to watch them.
The book on the top of the list: It’s Perfectly Normal was banned for a number of reasons, some of them being “abortion”, “religious viewpoint” among homosexuality, nudity and sexual education. I was somewhat surprised to see that abortion and religious viewpoint was among the reasons, because the ALA shouldn’t ban books that have a certain viewpoint or discuss a certain topic.
“The Catcher in the Rye”: one of the best classic novels is on this list because of sexual content, offensive language and being unsuited to age group. How can we ban a classic such as The Catcher in the Rye. I think by the time people read this novel, they are in their junior or senior years of high school, meaning they’ve seen/heard the offensive language and sexual content. Another classic that has been on the list and for once wasn’t on it this year is Adventures of Huckleberry Finn because of offensive language. Most of the language that is being objected to was appropriate for the time period it was written and the location it was set it in. I don’t think either writer purposely used those words, other than it was part of the dialect in the time it was written or the setting it was written in.
It’s So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families by Robie H. Harris for sex education and sexual content. This is a book I would think people would use to help educate their children, and I’m guessing that is what the intent was. Apparently kids aren’t allowed to see how babies are created. It’s educational for goodness sakes…It’s not like we’re suppling porn to children.
I can’t believe that we cannot pick and choose what books get read (or taught) and what book don’t, we need to have someone tell us what’s appropriate or not.. If write a novel, I don’t want to constantly wonder if I’ll have a theme or references in it that will cause my book to be banned. I don’t think any author wants their book banned, to me that’s a slap in the face as if the ALA is saying “good you’re published, but we’re gonna ban it from schools and the such.”
If there was a permission slip parents could sign saying it was alright if their kids read certain books that would solve some of the problems ALA may think these books are causing. Is it parents who say which books should be banned or is it the ALA?