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I’m on a rampage in my mind today. Why do people want to do this?? To Kill a Mockingbird? Catcher in the Rye? The Handmaid’s Tale? Lord of the Flies?

Oh yes, we have to hide such disturbing things from people as depicting negativity or “white people as being horrible, nasty, stupid people.” Now, maybe I didn’t like Lord of the Flies much, but it made me think, and I still remember stuff from it today that makes me think. And To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the best books I read in grade nine.

Funny I don’t see The Valley of Horses in there… or haven’t any parents ever read that one? Remember Ayla, that Clan of the Cave Bear girl? I read those ones when I was in grade six. Sexually explicit much?

On that note, get rid of 3/4 of Shakespeare’s plays – they’re discriminatory and racist. It doesn’t matter if that’s what the time period was like, it doesn’t matter that every character in a Shakespeare play is some stereotype or other, take them out, they’re bad for kids to read.

13 Comments

  • eyean

    September 13, 2000 at 8:38 am

    jean auel’s series on earth’s children… i’m impressed with your sixth grade reading… the mammoth hunters was explicit… ayla was “cheating”… lol…

    3/4? heavens… finish the 1/4 pixielass… i guess it’s an influence on my past… mother was an english literature professor. i got to read. too bad i didn’t get any of her writing skills…

    gosh. i miss mom.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      September 13, 2000 at 8:47 am

      I love shakespeare – well, most of it. Macbeth just pissed me off, everyone was being stupid, but I guess that was the point. 🙂 I do need to read the rest of the ones I haven’t yet, though…

      • eyean

        September 13, 2000 at 12:01 pm

        i read the 12 tragedies first then the 12 comedies… twas a long time ago… i’m slowly inching on the second round… i like othello though… and the taming of the shrew…

        • Jenny Lee Silver

          September 13, 2000 at 12:10 pm

          I think my favourite was Much Ado About Nothing… it was incredibly funny! 🙂

          • eyean

            September 13, 2000 at 4:05 pm

            yep… have you seen the film? the modern one with denzel?

          • Jenny Lee Silver

            September 13, 2000 at 6:43 pm

            Yes, I have… I loved it. 😉 I thought they did a great job.

          • eyean

            September 13, 2000 at 10:56 pm

            michael keaton was great, keannu sucked… i like kenneth brannagh too… hey, have you seen woody allen’s “celebrity” ? kenneth was like woody lite… funny…

          • Jenny Lee Silver

            September 14, 2000 at 6:09 am

            Well, it’s a well-known fact that keanu just isn’t an actor unless he’s playing Ted, or a character much like Ted. Poor guy. I like Kenneth Brannagh, and I think he and Emma Thompson had a rapport in the movies they did together (maybe because they were dating at the time?).

            I have seen Celebrity… I generally don’t ‘get’ Woody Allen stuff…

          • eyean

            September 14, 2000 at 3:22 pm

            uhm. woody allen. chronic and jewish comedies. he’s fun.

            ken and emma were married. 😉

          • Jenny Lee Silver

            September 14, 2000 at 3:48 pm

            They were… but now they’re not. *sigh*

          • Jenny Lee Silver

            September 14, 2000 at 6:10 am

            Allow me to amend my typo – I HAVEN’T seen Celebrity. 😉 Oops.

  • scottobear

    September 13, 2000 at 10:02 am

    I agree wholeheartedly!

    Censorship rarely serves any good purpose. A friend of mine recently went on a tangent on her journal here, and it really got me going. (see janedeaux, it’s mostly about applying law to consensual crime) I’m glad I’m not alone in seeing the foolishness in the banning of books or and beliefs.

  • mithoviel

    September 13, 2000 at 10:26 pm

    Sadly, the history of humanity is far uglier than fictional books can convey.