Banned Books Week may be a week away, but there are reasons to speak up early this year. Someone has equated Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak as softcore pornography. Why? Because of two rape scenes. Because of two rape scenes in a book about a girl’s silence and struggle to speak up after a rape. This person has turned the very disturbing act of rape into something sexually arousing. This is why we live in a rape culture.
It should be mandatory to actually read a book before making such gross assumptions about it.
Since Banned Books Week is coming up, it’s time to make my banned books reading list. What should be on it?