If you tuned in for the last post you’ll be glad to know the family and I are feeling much better, and just in time for Banned Book Week! In honor of Banned Book Week I’ve made a little-bitty dragon dinosaur:
Okay… I didn’t actually make it for Banned Book Week; I just found out about it yesterday. This little critter started from a 3 ½ inch piece of wire I had laying around. I was going to throw the wire away if I could try to make something from it. Banned Book Week has been observed since 1982 (the year I was born) and I would like to make something specifically for the occasion; I’ll mull it over and try to come up with something before the end of the week. Let me know if YOU have any ideas.
Books are banned all over the world for containing unpopular or unorthodox viewpoints. I was looking through a list and it seems as though most (if not all) books that are banned now-a-days are due to them containing one or more of the following:
- graphic violence
- gratuitous sex
- derogatory terms
- curse words
Books have even been banned in America and, believe it or not, some book are still banned today. If you’ve seen a list of banned books, some of them are absurd by today’s standards. A lot of the early book that were banned were either seen as being “anti-establishment” by the government during times of war or heretical and obscene by religious organizations. I compiled a very short list of more recently banned books that surprised me. Let me preface this list by clarifying that most of the following books are banned on a local level (not national) and relate to a single school, library or county. The last book that was banned on a national level in the US was in 1963 – Fanny Hill AKA Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland.
1. Merriam Webster Dictionary was banned in a California school January 2010 for its definition of “oral sex”
2. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig was almost banned in 12 states in 1977 because it portrays policemen as pigs.
3. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. was banned by the Texas Board of Education in January 2010 because the author has the same name as an Marxist theorist. No one bothered to check if they were the same person.
4. The Diary of Anne Frank is banned in a Virginia school January 2010 for “sexually explicit” and “homosexual” themes.
5. A Light in the Attick by Shel Silverstein became one of the most banned books in schools of the 1990’s because it “promotes disrespect, horror, and violence”.
Understandably, there are certain books that parents don’t want their children reading due to the content not being “age appropriate”. My son is not old enough to read, yet I have a hard time imagining myself taking any book away from him. I mean, if he’s reading in this day and age… then there’s gotta be something else majorly wrong with him. That’s a joke… but seriously, banning books is a form of censorship and the ONLY way to keep bad ideas out of good heads, is by making sure the brains in those good heads can think for themselves to effectively discriminate content.
[dropcap_1] D [/dropcap_1] o you have a favorite banned book? Do you have any ideas for a sculpture based on banned book? Off the top of my head I’m thinking maybe something from Animal Farm would be fun.