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Sunday, September 19, 2010


Click here to read the article that spawned the many outraged blog posts and the Twitter hashtag #SpeakLoudly.

If you haven't heard already, Dr. Wesley Scroggins wrote an article against three very important books: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Speak is the one receiving the most attention because Scroggins' attack on it was the most vehement and offensive of the three. In the book, there are two rape scenes. Scroggins refers to these as "soft pornography."

I don't know about any of you, but rape is not something that turns me on.

He criticizes Twenty Boy Summer for the use of condoms. Condoms?! Does he want teens to be having unprotected sex? I know that sexual intercourse using condoms is much less dangerous and harmful to teens than them not being educated on the subject and spreading sexually transmitted diseases and getting pregnant without condoms. I am right, aren't I?

This topic is really personal and volatile for many people, myself included, and I don't think that I can write anymore on it without saying something that I shouldn't, so I'll just leave it at this. If you've seen any other posts on the subject that you'd like to share, leave a link in the link list so that we can all support anyone who is speaking out against these ridiculous claims.

Also, as others have suggested, I think that we should get Speak back on bestseller lists. I've just gone online and purchased copies of Speak and Twenty Boy Summer, and if you have any money to spare, it would be great if you could do the same :)

Remember to speak loudly against ignorance and bigotry!


Melissa said...

holy hell...the condoms are the reason he criticizes Twenty Boy Summer? Really? Ok, teens are going to have sex...it's a fact of life. Sure, preach abstinence or whatever, but if you're going to write about it, don't you think you'd rather err on the side of caution? Ughhh

Michelle said...

Stuff like this makes me very upset. Teens should be educated, not kept in the closet. Taking away reading material because of condom use is ridiculous. Don't even get me started on the whole Speak comments. How sad that this person is deeming rape as soft pornography. Speak has helped so many people. Books in my opinion, should not be banned, ever.

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

I personally want teens to run across as many references to condom use as possible! It's an extremely important detail that's skipped in most books and movies.

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