Oopsy! I forgot to post yesterday. I wish I could say I had some dire reason for missing it, but the truth is; I was watching Cowboy Bebop: The Movie and watching my daughter do silly dances.
So, I was going to post on the Harry Potter books, which have been challenged relentlessly. Then I read this awesome post, which pretty much sums up what I wanted to say.
Validation can be wonderful, yes?
Let’s talk about schools, shall we?
Supposedly, schools are places where you go to learn things, but not the things “they” don’t want you to learn. Who are They. Does it really matter? They can be parents, teachers, and fellow students. They may not even have read the book being discussed, but you see, the book is bad to them, therefore nobody else should read it.
This is dangerous. We’re basically giving people part of the story and an enticing trail crumbs to lead them to a place where they may make bad choices because they lack the correct information.
TMI Alert: I knew a girl whose boyfriend professed to be a virgin. He wasn’t. He also convinced her anal sex wasn’t real sex. Yeah, you can imagine how well that went, right? Another victim of censorship.
Banning books is banning information. I can understand that there is some information that may be unconscionable and/or disturbing to some people and that’s okay. You have a right to be disturbed. Hell, you have a right to protest. What you don’t have a right to do is bar other people from it.
I was once asked how I would feel about my daughter reading The Joy of Sex (This was a few years ago, so it was a totally hypothetical question.) I believe my initial, smart-ass answer was, “I hope it would have better pictures than the one I saw!”
Truthful answer? I would hope that she would talk to an actual human being that she had a relationship of mutual respect and trust before she started hitting the books. Other than that, I’d be proud of the initiative she was taking. Pop culture can be a dangerous thing and wouldn’t it be terrible if your kid decided to try to douche with Diet Coke and Mentos?
Just think about that for a sec? Okay, are you done grabbing your crotch and grimacing? You are?
We have a wealth of information out there in this wild world of ours. Some of it’s good and some it’s bad. To determine this, our kids will need the proper critical thinking skills. Let’s not do them the disservice of blunting them to the point where they can’t be used, okay?