September 29, 2008

what do gay penguins, IMing teenagers, and Huck Finn have in common?

  • About the author EB

They’ve all been banned! It’s Banned Books Week, which celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. Basically, we can read whatever the heck we want and no one has the right to tell us we can’t.

I’d also like to take the occasion of Banned Books Week to give a shout-out to my mom, who always let me read whatever I wanted, who refused to sign the petition the other parents circulated trying to ban Heather Has Two Mommies when I was a kid, and who, when another mom called to tell her I was spreading smut around the fifth grade (smut being a dog-eared copy of Judy Blume’s Forever), said “so what?”

Check out this site for a list of Banned Books Week events all over the country.

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