It started early this morning; my Twitter feed, which I have open by default since I use a browser plug-in for Google Chrome instead of the site itself, started having messages from my writer friends, agents I follow etc about the same thing: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, a book about a young woman who was raped and refuses to speak out about it, was being equated with soft-core porn because of the two rape scenes in it. You can find details on the incident, along with a comprehensive list of other blog posts about it, here.
Rape is not pornography. The brutal, sexual assault of a minor is not sexually arousing and the person that sees it as such is, as far as I’m concerned, a very sick individual. Besides that fact, there are many, MANY books categorized as young adult that DO contain sex scenes, scenes between a boy and a girl, or a boy and a boy, or a girl and a girl, where they express their love. Should those count as soft-core porn and be thrown in the banned-books bin because religious fanatics say so?
That, however, is neither here nor there. The point of my post is that Speak, and other books about serious issues such as 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (a book that deals with suicide) or Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (a book that deals with physical abuse) would be banned, and those who could seek solace in books that let them know they’re not alone would never get that chance.
And that is why banning books sucks.