The thought of banning books is appalling to me, especially since so many of the most commonly banned books are amazing ones. Harry Potter has witchcraft and yes, Brave New World has sex and drug use, and The Hunger Games has...ok, I don't know why that one's banned, but come on! They are beautiful books!
Not being a parent, I can only use my experiences as a teen to justify my sense of outrage at the censorship of reading material...but then, as my husband loves to remind me, there was little to no supervision in my house regarding reading and tv/movie viewing. Yes, my mom raised us on Cujo. Yes, I watched Revenge of the Nerds at age 8. Yes, my brother showed me Full Metal Jacket at 14. Yes, I read my first romance at age 14. But I turned out just fine, and I am the person I am today partly because of my reading and viewing experiences.
So in honor of this week, I might just go out and read something salacious. Something dirty. Something naughty. Something thought provoking. Or maybe just something fun. And then thumb my nose (or stick out my tongue) at those who would ban books. You can't keep books away from me, SO THERE!
I hope you'll join me!