With that in mind I found a few choice quote from authors about their experiences with book banning.
So The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things has made it onto the Top Ten list again... The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things is the story of Virginia, a curvy fifteen-year-old girl who has been made to feel terrible about herself by her not-so-curvy family. But when her “perfect” – quote, unquote – brother falls from grace and the family is propelled into crisis mode, Virginia is forced to reevaluate everything. She ultimately learns to feel good about herself, even to celebrate herself, as she is, without losing weight, without hurting her body.
Over the years, I have gotten hundreds of letters and emails from teenage girls who have read The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things. They tell me that they, like Virginia, have always felt lousy about themselves. But after they read my book they were inspired to take control. They tell me that my book helped them stop hating their bodies. They tell me they were depressed or bulimic or cutting themselves and my book encouraged them to get help. They tell me that The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things was the first book they’ve ever completed and now they’re passionate about reading, and they tell me that this book was their sole support as their father was dying, and it showed them that even though times are tough there will be brighter days in the future.
And yet The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things is frequently banned from schools and libraries. I write about teenagers as they are, and my characters sometimes curse, and they hook up, and they confront their parents when they feel they are being wronged. This, I suppose, is upsetting to people who don’t want their child exposed to these things. While I sincerely doubt that my book will be someone’s only exposure to such content, I respect a parent’s wishes for their children. Their children, I emphasize. Not everyone else’s.
This is what I think about when The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things is removed from libraries. I think about all the letters I’ve received from readers, and I wonder about the teenagers who will never have access to my book. And I wonder if, because of this, they’re going to feel that much more alone.As soon as I read this piece by Mackler I ran to my computer to see if nay of my copies of the book were in. Nope. It's been a good week for banned books at GKHS and both copies were checked out. Now I will have to wait my turn.
...I discovered that, over the years, some cubby-hole editors at Ballantine Books, fearful of contaminating the young, had, bit by bit, censored some 75 separate sections from [Fahrenheit 451]. Students, reading the novel which, after all, deals with censorship and book-burning in the future, wrote to tell me of this exquisite irony. ("Coda" 1979)Books don't have to be banned to be rendered useless. Just edit all the bad bits out and leave behind the milk toast. Blah! Or as Bradbury says: "There is more than one way to burn a book."
"Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear.”
Thank you Judy for all you've done for young women and for all of us in terms of understand the dangers of censorship!