Monday, September 20, 2010
Meet an Author Monday! And Speak!
It's Monday, so that means it's time to blog hop around to meet some new authors. Drop a line to say hi wherever you visit!
So, on my mind today -- as it's on many people's minds -- is the ludicrous and ill-informed commentary by Missouri State University professor Wesley Scroggins on Laurie Halse Anderson's book, Speak. Because the book has a non-explicit rape scene, he has publicly deemed it "soft pornography" and advocated it be banned. Laurie's reaction was spot on, and if you feel so inclined, her cause is a worthy one and could use your support.
As if book banning wasn't bad enough, what really gets me is this douchenozzle's conflation of rape and sex. Sex is pornographic because it arouses and titillates. Rape is assault; assault is not arousing. In a rape, sex is only the tool by which the attacker abuses his victim. That this guy apparently believes rape is sexy and arousing is, truly, utterly disturbing. Today's date has personal significance for me on this subject, which, as Forrest Gump said, "That's all I have to say about that." So I just couldn't let this outrage pass without comment.
People who have experienced rape need help and consolation wherever they can find it, and everything I've read about this book says survivors do find it a source of solace. That he could consider taking that away saddens me. Professor Scroggins, you ought to be ashamed of yourself.
Thanks for reading,