Banned (or Challenged) Books You’ve Read:
- This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff, was banned from high school in California (2005), because parents thought the use of foul language, sexual activity, and the use of alcohol was a bit too much.
- Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen, was temporarily banned from high schools in Maine (2006) because parents complained of the strong language and “vivid descriptions”.
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, was challenged in Montana schools (2010) because there were complaints that it is “soft-pornography” and that it glorifies drinking, cursing, and “premarital sex”
*Side Note* It really bothers me that they used the term “Premarital sex” to describe one of the reasons they challenged this book. That girl was raped. R.A.P.E.D raped! Stop trying to clean it up to try and make it sound more wholesome. Instead of worrying about people having premarital sex, why don’t you teach your kids not to rape!
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, was removed from middle school classrooms in Illinois(2013), because of graphic content. The same year it was also banned in high schools in Florida because “it deals with sexual situations and drug use.” Someone in another state complained about the book containing homosexuality. Get real!
- Looking for Alaska by John Green, was challenged in New Jersey high schools (2013) because parents thought the sexual nature of the story was inappropriate.
These things happen in life (premarital sex, drug use, foul language, rape and so on). Ignoring it isn’t going to make it any less of a problem. Also, homosexuality is not the worlds “problem”. People should not have to worry about what other people think about their sexual preferences. It is very personal. Mind your own business and keep your comments to yourself!