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Banned Books

This week I’m discussing banned books. Books are banned for several many reasons. Reasons include religion, sexual content, language, violence, homosexuality, anti-family messages, and moral or political reasons. Books are commonly banned from schools and libraries. Parents are also banning books, and they bring these books to people’s attention, a person with power who can do something about the book—like ban it. They might not want their kid to read a certain book for any of the reasons listed above.

I am a firm believer in reading whatever you want. Adults usually ban books because they want to protect us, but it just makes us more curious. Just because we read about someone committing suicide or about a man raping his daughter doesn’t mean readers are going to go out and do the same thing. I’ve read some pretty bad things in books—a thirteen-year-old girl standing in front of an oncoming train; a girl shoplifting for attention from her absentee father—but reading about these things didn’t make me want to try them. I didn’t want to shoplift or go down to a train station and kill myself after reading about them.

I have read about fifty-three—maybe more, maybe less—banned books. When I read most of them I had no idea they were banned, or why. The first time I realised a book I had read was banned was when I went into my school’s library in the seventh-grade, and I saw a display of banned books. I asked the librarian about the books on display, and she told me all those books were being challenged by the school district.

Those who are for banning books say it’s all about protecting a child’s innocence by not exposing their child to those themes. If a parent doesn’t want their kid to read a banned book, what right do they have to take the book away from other kids?

Those who are against banning books say it violates freedom of speech, which is guaranteed by the first amendment. They also argue that reading these books is not what kills a child’s innocence—peer pressure does. Just because an adult doesn’t think a book is appropriate for one child doesn’t mean it’s inappropriate for all children.

So tell me what you think. Should adults ban books or should we be free to read whatever we want? 

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Comments on: "Banned Books" (4)

  1. I am with you on this one. It is up to the individual’s parents to determine what their kids can and cannot read. This burden shouldn’t be put on the libraries, as they effectively stop everyone from being able to read the book. My momma never stopped us kids from reading any book we wanted. Once or twice she explained why she thought we shouldn’t, but we were pretty much free to read anything and never violated the trust she put in us by reading smut or anything like that. Parents need to parent their own kids, not have the government do it for them. I love this post!

  2. As you just say, when you’re banning something, you just want to read it. Tell to someone he can’t do or can’t have something, guess what he would like to do / to have whatever it is….
    Wanted to protect your child is a thing, but in this case don’t just banned books but video games who most of time are so much more violent (free killing, violence, rage…) but guess what, video games are not banned !! Really strange !
    Great post !!

  3. This is an excellent post and I very much agree with you!

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