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Thorn



Joined: 30 May 2007
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Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 12:44 pm    Post subject: Banned books in America

This list is brought to you by Parents Against Bad Books in Our Schools or, as they call themselves, PABBIS... (wouldn't it be PABBIOS? or PABBOS?...criminy, these people need to read more, they can't even get an acronym right)

Dear god, this list of books they want yanked makes me simultaneously angry and feeling like I want to read every single book on the list as a sort of 'f**k you' to narrow minds.

http://www.pabbis.com/listoflistsbytitlerev1.htm
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Kitsune_Whisper



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Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 12:57 pm    Post subject:

Back when I was in school we were given a list of some of these books and asked to read them and answer why they were on the banned or watched list for at any point. Some of these books have been on there for years and years but the list is never reevaluted it is just added on too.

My book was The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. The only thing in the whole book that was close to controversial was how he very subtly compared the racial issues between martians and earthlings to the white and black sentiments of the civil rights movement.

Yay for overprotective school boards. These same people who ban books about sex or homosexuality, lead to children who don't know how to use birth control and have no idea what to do when they feel strong sexual urges one way or another.

So more teen pregnancies, more kids getting STDs, and more kids who get depressed and hurt themselves because they feel bad about being different.

*2 cents given, jumping off my soapbox*
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Royal



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Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:22 pm    Post subject:

What the hell? A good portion of these books are classics! Books that everyone should read. I can't believe some of the books on here...

What is offensive about Little Women?!?!
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Thorn



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Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 5:34 pm    Post subject:

[quote="Royal"]What the hell? A good portion of these books are classics! Books that everyone should read. I can't believe some of the books on here...

What is offensive about Little Women?!?![/quote]

I have no earthly clue on that one. Little Women is one of my all time books and something that helped form some of my morals.
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sylver_cat



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Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:20 pm    Post subject:

Funny, we kick out the Index (banned books by the catholic church if someone wonder) and we make our own list of bad books. At least it's better then the church, if a child wants one of these books, he can always buy it or go to the library.
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Illumilatte



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Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 4:29 pm    Post subject:

Since when is American Psycho a children's book?
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Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 4:52 pm    Post subject:

[quote="Illumilatte"]Since when is American Psycho a children's book?[/quote]

That one caught my attention too. I'd be a little weirded out to find that in a library of a school below high school age, I have to admit.
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Loco Dantes



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Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:19 am    Post subject:

Everytime ferinheit 451 is on one of these lists, I cant help but giggle.
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Royal



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Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 3:38 am    Post subject:

Children shouldn't be reading Lolita either XD
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