Banned Books Week September 25–October 2, 2004
1,607 were challenges to “sexually explicit” material (up 161 since 1999);
1,427 to material considered to use “offensive language”; (up 165 since 1999)
1,256 to material considered “unsuited to age group”; (up 89 since 1999)
842 to material with an “occult theme or promoting the occult or Satanism,”; (up 69 since 1999)
737 to material considered to be “violent”; (up 107 since 1999)
515 to material with a homosexual theme or “promoting homosexuality,” (up 18 since 1999)and
419 to material “promoting a religious viewpoint.” (up 22 since 1999)
Other reasons for challenges included “nudity” (317 challenges, up 20 since 1999), “racism” (267 challenges, up 22 since 1999), “sex education” (224 challenges, up 7 since 1999), and “anti-family” (202 challenges, up 9 since 1999).
to me, this week is a very important week, not due to the fact that i work in a library, but due to the fact that i enjoy reading. take a look at [URL=http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/bbwlinks/100mostfrequently.htm]the list[/URL], you'll be shocked to learn many of the novels and authors american literary society is famous for Steinbeck, Sendak, Silverstein, Twain, Toni Morrison, Cooney, Salinger, Lowry, Hinton, Zindel, L'Engle, Walter Dean Myers, Stephen King, Blume, Dahl, Brett Easton Ellis, Vonnegut, Golding and so many many more are featured as being challanged or banned. this week to me, demonstrates the struggle against censorship, and the ability to pen out your own personal opinion, making it available to the public.
This year, at work, I'm taking a display case and I'm going to make a display of all of the books that have been banned/challanged from the 100 list. I'm fairly proud to say i've been able to find a copy of all of them but a mere two. The Anarchist Cookbook, because they have all been "lost" (aka stolen) and "Sex" by madonna because of the same reason. I'll post pictures of the display when it's finished.
talk about this week, it's books, or whatever. i'll answer questions about why they were banned/challanged and history on the week. it's a pretty big deal, at least it is to me...
oooh, and if cultists from other countries have lists of their country's banned/challanged books, i'd be pretty interested in seeing those as well.