Many authors have done posts about this YA book as a result of the controversy surrounding it. While I do think it’s important that people learn to converse about rape and incest, to work toward taking away the shame a victim experiences in it, the issue of book banning does not require the support of such an ideology. It requires a discussion of the principles involved when someone cries fowl over a piece of text and henceforth wants to obliterate its message and existence. We’re talking about the worst kind of silence there is: *I* don’t like something therefor *you* can not have the opportunity to decide for yourself if you will/won’t.
This is not to negate how very necessary conversations of rape are, but to note that as long as people are willing to look at the subject of a work as a reason to support banning there will be encouragement for all kinds of silence. One never knows what will next pop up, for some it’s about murder, others the trigger might be witchcraft, and still more it might be about a historical event, and none of them matter. So long as we keep a narrow focus on the why we’re not looking at the bigger, badder and far more dangerous aspect. That to control what gets printed is to control what gets read and in many instances what gets thought. I don’t need to read Speak to make the stance that banning is wholly inappropriate; to assert that even suggesting such a thing is not only morally repugnant, but a sign of a great need to control others; a person who suggests such a thing is very small indeed for even considering this to be a viable response to that which they find to be repugnant.
I have placed this book on hold at my library and will endeavor to read and review it in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned for thoughts on the book and the subject itself as, let’s face it, it seems as though both are worthy of conversation.