Fun fact I went through all the books that Texas is
trying to ban. Buckle up this is going to get messy! I got rather angry going
through this list it is a joke. Conservative parents have flooded school board
meetings in Texas and across the country in recent months to call for the
removal of library books that deal with race, racism, sex, gender and
sexuality. Some parents have even taken it a step further by filling out
paperwork to formally challenge the appropriateness of library books and
forcing school administrators to review them.
I’m going to try and be brief on removal of LGBTQIA+ books. LGBTQIA+ children are some
of the most vulnerable children in the world with children as young as 9 have
killed themselves due to homophobia (His name was Jamel Myles). 14,700 LGBTQIA+
youth between the ages 13 of 24 from across the United States, considered
attempting suicide in the past year. A shocking statistic of 94% reported that
recent politics negatively impacted their mental health. What do you think will
happen to that already ludicrously high number when representation in
literature is almost non-existent?
There has been huge
cull of BAME authors for example Kalynn Bayron, other books about being BAME
and the challenges that can entail. Not even a children's biography on the
former first lady "Michelle Obama: Political Icon," by Heather E.
Schwartz was “safe”. Children and teens need to see themselves represented there
is a real danger in removing representation especially BAME and LGBTQIA+ representation.
Representation matters! Do not underestimate the power of representation.
Can someone please tell me why books about sex and
sexuality are banned? By removing ease of access to these books you are removing
a safe space for young teens to learn about sex, STIs and STD’s. Books such as
Sexual health information for teens: health tips about sexual development,
reproduction, contraception, and sexually transmitted infections. You can sit
down if you are going to hit back with, they have sex education, an education
that has been ripped apart since anonymous posting became a thing on the
internet. This isn’t just shade at Texas I went to university with someone who
thought you couldn’t get pregnant while being on top.
By removing these books, you will be pointing them
towards seeing what is on tv and in porn is the reality, imagine the dangers
this could pose. Given that there is a lot of research that shows violent porn
can influence violence against women. This is a dig I’m not going to hide it.
Given how popular Teen moms was despite it showing the raw struggles being
played out for the world, would it not be safer to educate better and keep ease
of access to these books, even saying that they have removed books about being
a teenage mother. As adults why would you be banning books that make teens and
children think. You think banning these books will have a positive impact think
again You are going to be leaving them to the mercy of the internet and google.
Most of the books on this list are essential as they
provide not only an educational resource, but they provide a refuge for
students who need comfort in seeing themselves represented. Representation
What the Fuck finds on this stupid list
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
Women's Rights by Justin Karr
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
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