I understand this is "banned book week". When you think about that for a nanosecond it's a silly concept. Someone sits down to write their thoughts on paper, well anymore in cyberspace, and some church lady doesn't like it. A row ensues and the next thing you know something that might have been neatly tucked away in some back bin collecting dust now becomes front page news. Like it or not we are a sick lot in the grand scheme of things. I tend to see things by what is called the moral aesthetic. That being, the true the good and the beautiful. Don't confuse that with the good the bad and the ugly if you would. Simply stated it's an analysis of an artistic work, writing composition in this case, that portrays truth goodness and beauty. But don't be fooled. Truth is not always good or beautiful. And it can't be dismissed just because it rubs someone the wrong way.
There have been so many attempts to erase the writings from many authors or at least hide it from the eyes of our high school set but what good has that done? The world has flown past the "local standards" set down by uptight religious and civic leaders. There is no "local" anymore with the internet. And just where do they get their "standards" anyway? By the rationale by which these books were banned their guideline, the bible, could easily make the list of verboten reading. Incest, inhumane punishments, and ethnic cleansing are readily found in the old testament, but that somehow seems okay by the book burning set.
But the real issue here is that once you tell someone not to look at something that's the first thing they want to do as in "don't look at that bad accident". And I'm sure there's a list of videos far more vulgar than any published words being circulated among the teen set. It's what they do when they get bored. So it's now the hope of every parent, or should be, that young Billy or Susie isn't in one of those videos. But kids tend to set their own standards. True they'll push the limits at times but that's only because they're trying to learn and move forward. They'll have their own definition for obscene or "gross". It's just a part of the process. And let's hope they make it through the process to adulthood without too many scares.