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St. Louis Group Wants Teen Access to Some Library Books Restricted
A St. Louis anti-porn group wants some teen books moved to the adult section of the public libraries and access restricted. Libraries say that would be censorship.
The group, organized by a local chapter of Citizens Against Pornography, began questioning books found in the libraries after a parent in Ellisville found one of the books "shocking" when visiting the Daniel Boone Branch with her 12-year-old daughter. Some of the books with passages that the group objects to are the "Alice On Her Way" series of books, a book titled "Escape From Egypt," "Making Sexual Decisions: "The Ultimate Teenage Guide," and "Hard Cash." The group wants an adult advisory board top review the books and then remove them from the teen section into the adult section if they are found to be too explicit.
Different communities and different individuals have different opinions as to what they find offensive and obscene, but the passages in question seem to be even less offensive than you would find in a cheap romance novel. These books may have some passages that suggest sex, but they are in no way explicit unless you still find a glimpse of a woman's ankle shocking.
When it comes to social mores, I think I tend more towards those of the Netherlands than what we have here in the United States, but even I think that some of the entertainment media crosses the line once in a while. But books? I believe the last book that was put on trial for obscenity in this country was William Burroughs "Naked Lunch" way back in the fifties. Books like that and Henry Miller's "Tropic of Capricorn" would be considered tame by today's standards. And as far as what teens are exposed to nowadays in media, on the Internet, and in music, these books certainly don't seem to be worthy of anyone's attention. I'd be more afraid of my children being exposed to the quality of the writing in some of them, rather than any explicit passages they may contain.
And the library brings up a very good point. They aren't the parents. It's their job to monitor what their kids are exposed to, but even with the tightest parental control, they will get a good healthy dose of it on the street. Here's an idea. Why not install good values in your children and help them to make good decisions, and then maybe you won't have to worry about what they are looking at.