Thursday, August 23, 2012

Book burnings are bad, okay?

I don't think you have to be a big E L James fan to realize that any call to burn books is regressive, puritanical, and frankly patronizing to the reading public. And it doesn't matter who is doing it or why.

You don't fight abuse by suggesting females are too weak minded to separate fantasy from reality, and will run out and beg to be abused just because they read a smexy book.

Or is the suggestion that reading a novel about a dubious relationship is some kind of "thought crime"? Thus rendering this charity less progressive that Queen Elizabeth the first who famously said: "I have no desire to make windows into mens souls."

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