It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

That’s right, it’s banning book time!

Back on the 15th of July, Channelview ISD went ahead and banned The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby because it encourages children to say “poo poo head.”  The mother in question (who won’t be named here, but do feel free to read the article here) basically commented that the book was “gross” and “disgusting” because “Who wants to talk about feces?”

Well, from the fact that her son (in first grade) read it and then called another child “poo poo head,” I’m guessing that her son is one of those who wants to talk about feces.  In fact, I think just about first grade boy would join that line, and, in fact, I think that a number of first grade girls would, too.  The fact that the book is sold by Scholastic tells me that it has a market.  (In fact, it’s a series.)

I think, actually, that the question is “Who *doesn’t* want to talk about feces?”

But let’s take it further…

Who doesn’t want to talk about rape?

Well, apparently that would be a professor of management at Missouri State (also not named here, but check out this article here…)

A book has been banned in Missouri because it, horrifyingly, tried to make it clear that a teenage girl being raped is a bad thing.  To be fair, he doesn’t think that’s what the book is about.  In fact, the article notes that he classified the book as “soft-core pornography.”  The author of the book (Speak) argued that for the complainant’s characterizing a sexual assault as titillating is “at best a gross misread of the book and at worst a disturbing revelation” of his mental state.

So what can we do about it?

Read the banned books.

Give the banned books to friends and family.

Stand up and attend any local meetings when people try to ban books.  (In the Missouri case, the meeting was attended only by the board members, the complainant, two school administrators, and a reporter.  No number of attendees was provided for the Channelview case, but I have to think that if there was an opposing viewpoint, perhaps there might have been a better outcome.)

It’s time we let the schools (and others) know that books are not for banning.  They’re for reading.



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