The Need for Commonsense in Censorship: Children and Book Bans

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Posted: Sep 23, 2022 12:01 AM

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No one wants to be called a “censor.” But consider a twelve-year-old boy who walks into a store and would like to buy a magazine only containing pictures of naked women. By law, the store attendant is not permitted to sell the magazine to the boy because of its explicit content. 

In a civilized society, some censorship laws and restrictions are necessary to protect the innocence of our children. Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), seems to disagree when she argues, “This is a dangerous time for readers and the public servants who provide access to reading materials. Readers, particularly students, are losing access to critical information…” Activists like Caldwell-Stone, and others in the ALA – an organization responsible for issuing awards and influencing which books are in our libraries – proudly host a “banned books week”, from September 18-24, 2022. They encourage special displays of these targeted books in libraries

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