speak? banned? again? are you kidding me?

A quote from Wesley Scroggins, in the Springfield, Missouri News-Leader:

“In high school English classes, children are required to read and view material that should be classified as soft pornography.”

One of the books he wishes to ban? Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson. Here’s some “pornography” he quotes:

‘NO!—I’m not really here, I’m definitely back at Rachel’s, crimping my hair
and gluing on fake nails, and he smells like beer and mean and he hurts me hurts me hurts me…”

Well, Mr. Scroggins, I think we learned a whole lot more about you than you meant to tell us, you poor sap.

These people may win battles, but they never win the war.

Banned Books Week starts Saturday.


About Lisha Cauthen

Lisha Cauthen writes YA novels for guys that girls like to read too.

Posted on September 20, 2010, in YA literature and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Bottled Lightning

    Nearly all of my favorite books have been banned at some point. I am my mother’s child, this time at least 🙂

    I bet that the people moving to have books banned are under higher parasite stress… but that’s a story for another day.

  2. If there’s anyone who knows about parasites it is you, oh Ganges- drinking Grrrl.

  3. I had to read The Chocolate War in HS. I don’t think it should be banned, I just wish I wasn’t forced to read it! For a relatively sheltered 15 year old girl, I was horrified and disgusted. Boys are sooooo gross. But, that doesn’t mean it should be banned. There are a lot of things I’ve read that I didn’t LIKE, but I still learned something. Even learning that you don’t like something for whatever reason is still learning. And that’s a good thing.


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