You Have Been Banned!

Is it just me, or does banning hugging seem like throwing the baby out with the bathwater?

Secondly, here’s a list of most banned books in 2007, to celebrate Banned Books Week. Most of the books were requested to be removed from shelves because of sex.

Why is violence OK? But not sex?

I ask my hubby that too, BTW. It’s just as ingrained in his cultural upbringing, and he’s 1/2 Japanese. So it’s not just us prudish Americans.

A library in Arizona had a great way to promote free speech in encouraging children to go on a scavenger hunt for banned books.

Here’s another book that was banned. See, high schoolers can’t handle the truth. What are parent’s afraid of? They might get ideas? OMG, high schoolers do NOT need a book to give them ideas. They got them already. Perhaps these parents don’t know about how talking about things publicly diffuses obsession over things? There’s nothing like talking about sex in front of a teacher and room full of peers that makes it less interesting. It wouldn’t surprise me if the kids whose parents called the school to ban it were the very same ones hiding it in their lockers to giggle over it in between classes.

Now, banning bullies, that’s an idea I can get behind. But from an entire country? Maybe Bahrain has the right idea. Don’t come back to our country until you say you’re sorry (oh, and pay us 50 bucks).

And the best thing about this post? I did a web search for “banned”, and on the first 5 pages, most of the posts were about other countries. Either, that means we really don’t ban much in our country (yay!), or that the media is hiding something (boo!), or that “banned” isn’t an SEO term, so it doesn’t get used much in American Media, especially online.

Enjoy your day. And please, give each other a hug, to make up for the hugs not being given at schools where they are banned.

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4 Responses to “You Have Been Banned!”

  1. Anne Wayman Says:

    I hadn’t thought of searching the web that way… good idea, Tammy.

    My hope is that, in this seemingly super conservative era, we in the US won’t start banning books…

    A

  2. Tammy Says:

    Thanks for dropping by Anne. I read your blog all the time, even though I don’t comment often.

    Ya, I hope we don’t start banning books either. On the surface, it sounds like that couldn’t possibly happen. But these kinds of things don’t happen overnight. It’s a slow trickle. It all starts at the local level. If enough people do it, it becomes a trend.

    Have you read “The Tipping Point” by Malcom Gladwell? I highly recommend it. He also wrote “Blink”, which is on a completely different topic, but also fascinating.

  3. Alyx Says:

    I am an American who has lived in Europe for the past decade. Europeans have the same idea: why is violence okay, but sex, which is a natural part of life, so taboo? I feel the same way.

  4. Sheri Says:

    Very enlightening post, thanks Tammy.


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