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This has nothing to do with anything nursing really, but I was ****** off to learn it. My coworkers and I were reading this magazine article someone had posted on our bulletin board about the books that the American Library Association and our nation's school systems have banned. Some I could understand to a point, but not really. Some of the ones I remember being banned were: Huckleberry Finn, Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Harry Potter series, Ulysses, The Diary of Ben Franklin, 1984, Of Mice and Men, The Scarlet Letter, etc. But the one that still has me ****** off to the max is that they banned the Diary of Anne Frank... *****!?!?! Who are these morons that come up with this ****? It made me physically ill to see that book listed as being banned. Whoever was responsible for that, well, I hope they slip and fall into some dog **** mouth first and choke for a lengthy amount of time before receiving permanent brain damage (more so than they already obviously must have.) :devil: If this is banned, then I hope those *******s banned Mein Kampf as well. Who am I kidding? They probably worship that author. :mad:

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Hey, just an FYI, if you want to post non-nursing stuff, you can go to allnurses central. There are almost as many threads there (as far as I can tell) as there are on allnurses about all kinds of different stuff. It's fun to read through that stuff too once in a while.

And yep. That banned book list has a lot of good, useful stuff on it, and it has for many, many years (since I've been in elementary school.)

The Scarlet Letter is on it now though? I remember reading that in high school. I wonder what they found wrong with that one?

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I think that some people don't have the brains God gave a goat, but want to do the thinking for a whole group of people. These books are in no way objectionable. There are many out there that are so much worse! I have read most of them and agree completely with you!

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I find it interesting that you have such a strong reaction to that one book being banned ... but don't seem to have a similarly strong reaction to the others. Many people are like that. They don't get upset about things being banned/censored until something they particularly favor is censored. Until then ... they don't care about the general issue of censorship.

If we don't want the books that we value most to be banned ... we need to advocate for the elimination of books in general to be banned -- even those we don't particularly favor.

I don't think any of those books should be banned.

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I love that there were so many "bleeped" words in your post. It makes me happy, that some other nurses speak like me.

Banning books just makes people want to read them. Ban away!

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I find it interesting that you have such a strong reaction to that one book being banned ... but don't seem to have a similarly strong reaction to the others. Many people are like that. They don't get upset about things being banned/censored until something they particularly favor is censored. Until then ... they don't care about the general issue of censorship.

If we don't want the books that we value most to be banned ... we need to advocate for the elimination of books in general to be banned -- even those we don't particularly favor.

I don't think any of those books should be banned.

It's not that I'm not totally ticked off about the others, too. It's just that as I read the list of banned books, I started getting madder and madder until I reached that one and thought, Have they lost their ever-loving minds?! I read those in high school and enjoyed them. You can find more smut on tv than in those books. I'm a huge reader, almost never to be caught without a book in my hands, so it really irks me when they do this stuff. If there's a curse word in the book, then black it out with a permanent marker and move on. The Scarlet Letter has adultery in it...so does over half of daytime tv. I remember that I did a paper on a banned book when I was in high school just to "go against the man." Fat lot of good it did, but it made me feel good. LOL! I hate to think what's next. We'll all be reading Dr Seuss I suppose. :uhoh3:

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Also, I'm very sorry for the angry tone of this post. After re-reading it, I'm kind of embarrassed at my choice of wording. Once I get on my little soap-box, well, there's just no saving me.

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Well, they aren't really banned as you can buy them at a bookstore or most public libraries.

Some books just aren't appropriate for younger kids - so taking them off the shelves and waiting until they reach a maturity level appropriate to the book is important in my opinion.

My 9 year old loves the author, Gary Paulsen. The first book we read was "Hatchet" - a wonderful story about a young boy lost in the woods after a plane crash and how he learns to live off the land. We've read 4 or 5 more of his books. I just purchased one of his latest, called "Harris and Me". I had to skip some parts that were not appropriate for a 9 year old to read and I was sorry for that (and disappointed) because the story is good - about a young boy whose parents are "puke drunks" who goes to live with cousins out in the country. His cousin "Harris" is a freckled faced boy who gets in all kinds of trouble - and cusses up a blue streak. I didn't skip that part because after Harris cusses his gets smacked by his big sis. :D Which cracked my son up. ;)

I don't think the OP article is true banning or censorship.

steph

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when i was in the 7th or 8th grade, valley of the dolls was published and was racy enough that some bookstores refused to carry it. someone at school got a copy somehow and it soon was passed around.

i was lying on the couch reading when an older friend of my parents stopped unexpectedly, and was

shocked by what i was reading!

my mom's response? "at least she's reading something and we can always discuss the content later."

about the same time, a book that was universally banned, magically appeared at school and made the rounds. candy was really blue. my clever mom effectively killed any buzz from that book too when

she suggested that i keep track of the plot chapter by chapter, mentally erase all the swear words

and vulgar words and see what was left to read then, how many times the word ^u&* appeared in a chapter, etc.:yawn:

killjoy!

i sub in a bridge group of ladies who are in their late 80s and into their 90s occasionally. they're absolutely adorable, but i have to be very careful when they ask if i've read any good books recently because their idea of a racy (their word) and mine is vastly different! every lady is a retired nurse or teacher. i mentioned an

anne perry book once, and they all read it and were positively scandalized because it contained not only the words h*ll and d*mn but one of the characters was a gay man.

the greatest gifts my parents ever gave me were the love of learning and the love of reading.

Edited by sharpeimom

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Well, they aren't really banned as you can buy them at a bookstore or most public libraries.

Some books just aren't appropriate for younger kids - so taking them off the shelves and waiting until they reach a maturity level appropriate to the book is important in my opinion.

My 9 year old loves the author, Gary Paulsen. The first book we read was "Hatchet" - a wonderful story about a young boy lost in the woods after a plane crash and how he learns to live off the land. We've read 4 or 5 more of his books. I just purchased one of his latest, called "Harris and Me". I had to skip some parts that were not appropriate for a 9 year old to read and I was sorry for that (and disappointed) because the story is good - about a young boy whose parents are "puke drunks" who goes to live with cousins out in the country. His cousin "Harris" is a freckled faced boy who gets in all kinds of trouble - and cusses up a blue streak. I didn't skip that part because after Harris cusses his gets smacked by his big sis. :D Which cracked my son up. ;)

I don't think the OP article is true banning or censorship.

steph

Oh, I agree that an elementary age kid shouldn't be reading this stuff, but after you pass up 16 years of age and can't read something like Harry Potter without your fragile little mind breaking...it just seems a bit ignorant to me. I realize it isn't true censorship, but many of the books I read in high school I might not have read at all if they weren't required reading (Huck Finn, Beowulf, Scarlet Letter.) And b/c of reading them, it opened me up to a few new genres that I am still enjoying today. I just can't see how well-rounded our kids are gonna be if we keep whittling down the books/activities they are "allowed" to do year after year until all they have left is "See Jane run. Run Jane. Jane runs fast." I just get all worked up over stuff. Think I'll go back to bed now. ZZZzzzzzz.

By the way, that sounds like a real cute book you've got there. I'll have to look it up. Thanks. :yeah:

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ALA | Banned Books Week

Interesting that when I went to the ALA site they were preparing to celebrate Banned Books Week in Sept. Thing is they are against banning books. They use this week to educate people about the need for open access to all reading materials. The list of books that others have tried to ban is humorous as well as pathetic. I won't add the list but it is fun to read the titles.

No, ALA is not banning books. They are pointing out the need to protect our 1st Amendment Rights and not ban any book.

If you want to read a Dr. Suess book that is adult as well as child reading material try The Butter Battle Book. Great book.

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