Banned Book Week
Now I'm going to pull a Sophia on you for a minute (Golden Girls): picture this, Holland 1976, I was 12 years old. One lazy saturday morning when I was still in bed contemplating getting up, my mother came into my room and sat herself down on the end of my bed. She started to talk about 'things' I had probably heard in school from other kids etc etc. As it dawned on me what she started to talk to me about, my sheet went up a little higher and higher until I had almost covered my face (it went up to my nose) in embarrassment. My mother, not being one to torture her child, said, do you want me to continue? Or do you want me to give you a book? Well, I wanted her to get the hell out of my room (it was getting hot under that sheet) so I said, book!! (now go!) And hence, a few days later, when I was cleaning my room, she came in and said, I got that book for you. I very casually (I was good)said, oh, just put it on my desk. Waited for her to leave than went straight to the book and opened it up. Well, it had pictures all right. Naked pictures! The middle part of the book even had a couple laying on top of each other. (not moving or anything, this was totally clinical and no harry potter special effects). It explained the birds and the bees quite well, and it had the appropriate pictures to illustrate. No worries, no banning there! (yeah yeah, I heard it all before, "what can you expect, you're from Holland!")
As a parent now, I cannot totally dismiss the originating idea of why to challenge a book. I can appreciate their concern. However, if there is such a fear for the content, why not ask for a compromise and ask for an age limit or like with films, let the child be able to take it out only with the consent of the adult. I consider myself open minded, but I know people who are much more so with things/issues that I do not think are age appropriate so there are people who would totally not be comfortable with my level of openness.
Still, in order to at least appreciate what people have objected to, plse follow this link and click on 'what's in the books'. You might be surprised.
Parents protecting the minds of children