Sunday, September 25, 2011

Celebrate Banned Books Week All Year


Banned Books Week started yesterday. I always love this time of year because it reminds everyone that it is always important to be vigilant against censorship, and strive to maintain access to all information within a free society.

Here is some information on the most frequently challenged books in the 21st century. That's right folks, in a so called "free society" there are people who think that they have the right to deny other people access to materials they don't like reading.

The following is the top ten list for 2010:


  1. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson 
    Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie 
    Reasons: offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence
  3. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley 
    Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, and sexually explicit
  4. Crank, by Ellen Hopkins 
    Reasons: drugs, offensive language, and sexually explicit
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins 
    Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence
  6. Lush, by Natasha Friend 
    Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  7. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones 
    Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  8. Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich 
    Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, and religious viewpoint
  9. Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie 
    Reasons:  homosexuality and sexually explicit
  10. Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer 
    Reasons: religious viewpoint and violence
So, do your duty, and stick it to the censors by reading a banned book this week. Sadly, the right to speak and read freely is something we need to fight for in this country.

8 comments:

  1. E-books are going to lead to a whole knew kind of banning. Like with the Keeley Thomson: Demon Girl thing. We need to gear up and get way more active than we have been if we don't want good books to just vanish now.

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  2. In regards to the Keeley Thomson book banning: I found an online discussion on it, and found the most ironic thing ever. . . 

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  3. In regards to the Keeley Thomson book banning: I found an online discussion on it, and found the most ironic thing ever. . . 

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  4. Based on the rationale for these books being banned I submit the following:

    The Bible: racism, sexism, genocide, homosexuality, torture, violence, religious viewpoint, incest, unsuited to age group.

    I wonder how many opponents of the 10 books you listed would be amenable to this critique?  As usual, life and people are amusing to the level of the absurd...

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  5. Miri Gifford ShortenSeptember 27, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    And the best part, of course, is that these are also the people who work to instill in their kids a sense of hero worship for the military--because they're the ones who provide our freedoms. Like the freedom to not have access to a book because someone else's parent thinks it's inappropriate.

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  6. Miri- Sad. BUT SO TRUE. The irony would be funny if people like that didn't screw things up for others.

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