They can't ban the instinct that causes infatuation with these types of works.
They can however - as taxpayer funded publc institutions - limit availability to younger persons who have not yet proven themselves able to handle
the subject matter therein. Then those kids will just run off and write their own secret fan-fictions and diaries to compensate for what they cannot
You know, I really don't care anymore. I've seen so much on the internet that makes me want to vomit it's unreal....and I'm a pretty laid back open
minded type who is no stranger to the limits of manifest human sickness. But my gods. It's beyond the pale out there.
I spent the majority of my school career in Texas, and there were heavy restrictions on what was and was not allowed to be carried in the libraries.
We still had the occultist kids and teen sex, unwanted pregnancies, abortions, criminal activities and all that sort of stuff....but you know what?
It certainly wasn't as out of control and widespread as it is these days.
The kids back then at least were smart enough to know fantasy from fiction and a lot of the younger generations are getting so far-removed from
reality lately with the scope of pop culture influence, it almost makes sense to pull back the reigns a bit and take over where too many parents are
failing - and failing HARD
- at raising balanced and respectable kids.
I spend most of my days at the local bookstore and for a while the shelves were absolutely dripping with blood soaked titles cashing in on the vampire
phenomenon and some titles trying to cash in on the 50 Shades of Grey aberration. I also know of local folks who read almost nothing outside of the
Bible and some of them are just as imbalanced a zealotry so it's no easy fix either way.
Moderation and compromise.
Parental controls and societal measures.
And yes, these are all popular genres, but it also gets overdone and to ridiculous proportions.
Have you read how far grammar and plot structure has fallen in these massive big sellers? IQ of 70 at best required. It's not even challenging it's
just pure elementary gratification at it's lowest levels. And it rubs off on behavior in some. Not a good standard to base a future population on.
You want sociopaths? That's how you get sociopaths.
I've seen teenagers cop attitude with adults because they think they're "all that" based on their favorite fantasy novels and drama plays. Ask anyone
trying to raise a sociopathic prima-donna princess who won't take no for an answer and makes up lies about "being raped" or whatever nonsense she's
gotten into her head from others as a manipulative tactic to throw her weight around or an abusive son who flies into a rage over the slightest
inconvenience because he's too hyped up on video game "warfare" and thinks he's the end all be all to alpha males.
It's annoying to think it might have come full circle again to these types of mandates and as much as I hate to admit it, the public ban of certain
literature in school and public libraries for kids who are still establishing their mental foundations seems perfectly acceptable to me.
The kids who are wise don't need that trash and the ones who are stupid can't handle the material maturely anyway.
This obsession with treating teenagers as unaccountable untouchables is ridiculous....they're going to get their hands on it one way or another, it's
just better to not spoon feed the psychopaths.
If you are vehemently opposed to the idea, just start handing out heroin to kids like they did in the 90's. Why not, right? Worked great didn't it?
Anything goes at that point. Prozac and suicides for everyone!
a Girl Who Read Banned Books
edit on 8/4/15 by GENERAL EYES because: formatting