Let’s talk about banned books: STOP banning books. Talk over.
No really, knock it off. Stop dumbing down society. Stop screaming about “cancel culture” except for when it suits you. Read a damn book, so you can learn about something other than yourself.
Sorry…I’m a little heated. Maybe it’s because my teacher let me check Mein Kampf out of the library when I was 13. If you don’t want to click the link, I will summarize. Just know that this wasn’t pleasure reading, it was for a term paper I wrote on Hitler, whom I chose out of spite because my teacher said I couldn’t do Anne Frank, and to find someone else from the Holocaust to focus on. So, I went straight to the source of the whole thing, and read his stupid book one weekend in 8th grade. The point of this story is that I read Mein Kampf and grew up to see nationalists as absolute flaming garbage humans, so maybe it’s not the actual content that’s the problem.
Another banned book that made an impact on me was Annie on my Mind, by Nancy Garden, who was writing queer characters long before it was cool. I just realized I don’t own a copy, though I must’ve checked it out of the library a dozen times. It’s about two teenage girls in NYC who fall in love, in a time when that is verboten…so really it could be anytime and anywhere. Now, I’m not a lesbian, but I loved this story because it made me understand lesbians. See, I understood gay men because my dad had two gay male friends, but I didn’t have any girl-on-girl exposure until I read that book. A few years later, my aunt came out, and I thought of Ms. Garden’s tome and smiled, because I was okay with it. Other people in my family weren’t right away, but I was, because of my books.
Should I have been reading Stephen King when I was 10? Probably not. But I did anyway, and I expanded my vocabulary by leaps and bounds. I developed my writing style off of his more than any other author I have read. His works were deeply formative to me, and if I had been restricted from reading them, I don’t think I would have some of the ability that I have now.
My father never restricted my reading, telling me that if I could read the words. I could read the book. So, I read the books…as many as I could get my hands on, until my eyeballs gave out a little and made it a difficult task.
So, they are banning Maus, apparently, which I have not read but seems I would really enjoy. And they claim it’s not for Holocaust content, but rather nudity. Nude…mice. Because, you know, mouse fashion is a really important aspect of our reality.
It’s an excuse. It’s always an excuse…I mean look at all the horror and gore and sex and nudity and witchcraft and violence in the Bible,..but ain’t nobody banning that.
If they are banning books, they are doing it because they want to censor the reader, not the book. They are trying to steal knowledge from you. Don’t let them; fight back and read, read, read.
That’s pretty much all I’ve got to say on that, aside from the fact that I really hope to someday be on this here list.
Happy Thursday. Read a book.