Sara Zarr shared on Twitter today a CNN article about parents in a Wisconsin city trying to ban YA books in their local library for affirming homosexuality, providing pornography to teens' tender ears, among other reasons. Read the whole article here. I encourage you too. It's quite infuriating and makes me livid. There is no doubt that for some things in teens' lives, their parents' opinions are best, but as many people have said better than me, the best thing that parents can do for their children is to let them read what they want. Experience is learning; sheltering a kid and providing them with only the watered-down nuggets of real life is not.
And that's not even getting into the outrageously out-of-fashion attitudes towards any type of sexuality in general. When it comes to reading taste, the target audience knows best what they want to read and how much and what they can handle. From the turbulent and widespread mass of literature out there we seek out what we enjoy and can relate to. Keeping teens sheltered and in the dark? Acting with the stubborn belief that ignorance is bliss? (Is it really, now?) Failing to remember how you were as a teen: inquiring, yearning, learning, breaking, mending, creating...?
Is trying to keep history stationary or even going backwards in time really helping any one of us grow to make the world a better place?
I'll turn it over to you now. How did you react to the article?