Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Things are Getting CRAZY in Webster...

Well, things are really heating up in Webster, New York, over the removal of RAINBOW BOYS from a summer reading list. First, author Alex Sanchez responds. Next we have some response from the community.

AS IF! spokesman Jordan Sonnenblick recommends this action:

Please take a moment to fire off a message in defense of intellectual freedom, if the spirit moves you. The superintendent, Adele Bovard, may be reached at adele_bovard@websterschools.org.

I'd love to see a bunch of letters to the editor hitting the paper up there too. That address is:

dceditpage@DemocratandChronicle.com

Thanks for your time -

Jordan Sonnenblick

3 Comments:

Blogger Jordan Sonnenblick said...

I just posted this at the Webster blog here:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/blogs/webster/2006/08/teen-porn-in-webster-schools-yea-or.html#comments

Here's what I wrote:

"Hi. I am the spokesperson for a national authors' group called AS IF (Authors Support Intellectual Freedom), and wish to point out one crucial detail: none of the books on the reading list in question are remotely pornographic, so the word "porn" should not be thrown around in the discussion. Looking up dictionary definitions of "pornography", one quickly sees a commonality: the definitions all contain words to the effect of "sexually oriented material intended primarily to arouse the reader, viewer, or listener." But none of these books are _primarily_ about titillation at all. So the nasty right-wing habit of pulling out the "naughty bits" of a book and plastering them all over the Internet never succeeds in proving that a book is pornographic. Similarly, the word "obscenity" is often bandied about, but the Supreme Court's definition of obscenity includes the word "pervasive" for the very same reason. Several far-flung passages of vulgar language over the course of a novel do not add up to anything remotely approaching pornography.

Please be careful with the inflammatory language; it's impossible to maintain any kind of civil discourse without civil word choice."

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