On the Banning of Books

And Tango Makes Three was banned because of the target age group coupled with the pro-homosexuality standpoint. Both sides of censorship have merit. From the viewpoint of pro-censorship, they just want to keep the values of the audience. They feel like if the a book has explicit scenes, people shouldn’t read them. Then there are those on the side of anti-censorship. These people believe that any book should be able to be read. It should be up to the reader to decide if the book is explicit enough to read, Or if the book deals with homosexuality, they should be able to decide for themselves whether or not to read it. I am personally against book banning. I feel that every book deserves to be read. So in the case of And Tango Makes Three the ban was unwarranted. If the authors of this book had a message to put out into the world there shouldn’t be a group that tells readers not to read the book. In my school I have never had a problem with banned books. Our parents and teachers seem to see the value of books that others see as harmful. Of the books on the most recent most commonly banned list I have read, Looking for Alaska by John Green and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

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  1. I enjoyed reading your post. It’s hard to see merit in both sides of arguments. I’m glad that you can see value in both sides. I am against book bans as well. Even though I probably don’t want my 6-year-old reading this book just yet, I don’t think it should be banned from the public elementary school. Perhaps a parental permission slip, allowing this type of book to be checked out, is a good middle ground, like we discussed in class.

    Nevertheless, I appreciate your thoughts on this topic! There are no right or wrong opinions. I hope you enjoyed the thoughtful discussion in class.

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