oh and DKM – her food, crochet, knitting and stuff

Toesday

DK is chillin’ to Dido

DKM – Sophia…
DK – What?

What?

DKM – I’ve been at work for 4 weeks straight and I need a hit.
DK – Fine. Toes.

Toesies

DKM – Thanks sweetie
DK – Whatev’ – where’s dinner?

Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Here are some books that have been banned & their reasons just make DKM say ‘What the @*&$?’ (sorry we had to censor that bad word she typed…) Yanno, maybe if they put in another video game where their kids can execute a couple thousand virtual people, pimp out virtual hookers and learn how to blow things up… people wouldn’t have to worry about their kids reading all this pesky amoral stuff.

List and fabulous snarky comments from http://title.forbiddenlibrary.com/.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Anne Frank. Modern Library. Challenged in Wise County, Va. (1982) due to “sexually offensive” passages. Four members of the Alabama State Textbook Committee (1983) called for the rejection of this book because it is a “real downer.”

The Bible. William Tyndale, who partially completed translating the Bible into English, was captured, strangled, and burned at the stake (1536) by opponents of the movement to translate the bible into the vernacular.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Dee Brown. Holt. Removed in Wild Rose, Wis. (1974) by a district administrator for being “slanted.” The administrator also said “if there’s a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it.”

The Call of the Wild. Jack London.Ace; Bantam; Grosset; Macmillan; NAL; Penguin; Pocket Bks.; Raintree; Tempo. Banned in Italy (1929), Yugoslavia (1929), and burned in Nazi bonfires (1932). Who knew Nazis didn’t like sled dogs?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl. Bantam; Knopf; Penguin. Removed from a locked reference collection at the Boulder, Colo. Public Library (1988), where it had been placed because the librarian thought the book espoused a poor philosophy of life.

The Color Purple. Alice Walker.Harcourt. Challenged as appropriate reading material for an Oakland, Calif. High School honors class (1984) due to the work’s “sexual and social explicitness” and its “troubling ideas about race relations, man’s relationship to God, African history, and human sexuality.” This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was finally approved for use by the Oakland Board of Education after nine months of debate. Banned in the Souderton, Pa. Area School District (1992) as appropriate reading for tenth graders because it is “smut.”Removed from the Jackson County, W.Va. school libraries (1997) along with sixteen other titles.

A Doll’s House. Henrik Ibsen.Penguin. Four members of the Alabama State Textbook Committee (1983)–presumably the same who objected to The Diary of Anne Frank –called for the rejection of this work because it propagates feminist views.

Don Quixote. Saavedra Miguel de Cervantes.Methuen; NAL; Norton; Random. Placed on the Index in Madrid for the sentence, “Works of charity negligently performed are of no worth.”

Earth Science. American Book.Challenged at the Plymouth-Canton school system in Canton, Mich. (1987) because it “teaches the theory of evolution exclusively. It completely avoids any mention of Creationism…The evolutionary propaganda also underminds {sic} the parental guidance and teaching the children are receiving at home and from the pulpits.” I guess their homes and pulpits didn’t teach them how to spell “undermine.”

Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury.Ballentine. Ironically, students at the Venado Middle School in Irvine, Calif. received copies of the book with scores of words–mostly “hells” and “damns”–blacked out. The novel is about book burning and censorship. Thankfully, after receiving complaints from parents and being contacted by reporters, school officials said the censored copies would no longer be used (1992).

The Graphic Work of M.C. Escher. M.C. Escher.Pan/Ballentine. Retained after being challenged at Maldonado Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz. (1994) for “pornographic”, “perverted”, and “morbid” themes. I guess they think good art should match your sofa.

King Lear. William Shakespeare.Airmont; Methuen;NAL; Penguin; Pocket Bks. Now considered to be among Shakespeare’s greatest works, Lear was performed in drastically adapted form–Nahum Tate’s Restoration version eliminated characters and boasted a happy ending in which Lear is restored to the throne and Cordelia survives. The play was subject to political censorship when it was banned from the English stage from 1788 to 1820, out of respect to King George III’s alleged insanity. The tragic ending of King Lear was not restored until 1823, and the character of the fool was finally reintroduced in 1838

The Life and Times of Renoir. Janice Anderson. Shooting Star Pr. Restricted at the Pulaski, Pa. Elementary School Library (1997) because of nude paintings in the book. Well, duh. It’s Renoir, people.

A Light in the Attic. Shel Silverstein.Harper. Challenged at the Cunningham Elementary School in Beloit, Wis. (1985) because the book “encourages children to break dishes so they won’t have to dry them.” Removed from Minot, N.Dak. Public School libraries when the superintendent found “suggestive illustrations.” Challenged at the Big Bend Elementary School library in Mukwonago, Wis. (1986) because some of Silverstein’spoems “glorified Satan, suicide and cannibalism, and also encouraged children to be disobedient.”

The Lorax. Dr. Seuss.Random. Challenged in the Laytonville, Calif. Unified School District (1989) because it “criminalizes the foresting industry.” Isn’t that the de-foresting industry?

On the Origin of Species. Charles B. Darwin. Harvard Univ. Pr.; Macmillan; Modern Library; NAL; Morton; Penguin; Rowman; Ungar. Banned from Trinity College in Cambridge, UK (1859); Yugoslavia (1935); Greece (1937). The teaching of evolution was prohibited in Tennessee from 1925-1967

The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll. Jim Miller, ed. Random. Challenged in Jefferson, Ky. (1982) because it “will cause our children to become immoral and indecent.” They used to say the very same thing about polyphony.

Tom Jones. Henry Fielding.NAL; Norton; Penguin. Banned in France (1749). I guess the French have a problem with humor

Twelfth Night. William Shakespeare.Airmont; Cambridge Univ. Pr.; Methuen; NAL; Penguin; Pocket Bks.; Washington Square. Removed from a Merrimack, N.H. high school English class (1996) because of a policy that bans instruction which has “the effect of encouraging or supporting homosexuality as a positive lifestyle alternative.”

A Wrinkle In Time. Madeleine L’Engle.Dell. Challenged at the Polk City, Fla. Elementary School (1985) by a parent who believed that the story promotes witchcraft, crystal balls, and demons. Challenged in the Anniston Ala. schools (1990). The complainant objected to the book’s listing the name of Jesus Christ together with the names of great artists, philosophers, scientists, and religious leaders when referring to those who defend earth against evil. Got it. Let’s cross Jesus off that list, shall we?

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21 responses

  1. Okay the Woman saw your post title and said “TICKLE TOES!” I am holding her back…

    30-September-2008 at 1:44 am

  2. No Tickle Toes Chey’s Mum!

    30-September-2008 at 1:55 am

  3. Nice toes!!!
    So…did ya get dinner ;)
    Purrs Mickey

    Ya know, some people watch TV just to see if someone says “shit” and then screams to the FCC , but it’s OK to see sex & violence and people lying to each other on TV.
    No wonder I do not support censorship!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ever!!

    30-September-2008 at 2:13 am

  4. Sweet toes!!! Lovely pictures.

    Interesting book list.

    30-September-2008 at 5:21 am

  5. furrybutts

    Too Cute!! I wanna squish your toes!!

    30-September-2008 at 6:12 am

  6. That was nice of you Sophia, I hope you got a great dinner for that!

    30-September-2008 at 8:38 am

  7. You have nicer toes than Spit The Cat Bunny!

    Mama never knew Charlie and The Chocolate Factory was banned in places!

    We only learnt the other day that the film The Life Of Brian was banned in so many places when it was released!

    30-September-2008 at 10:56 am

  8. Love the toes:)

    How could someone try to sensor Dr. Seuss??? Weird…

    30-September-2008 at 11:41 am

  9. You have very cute toes, Miss DK. My mom thought she was the only one who needed “a hit”. MOFL!

    Anne Frank? Roald Dahl? Darwin? and the list goes on..reminds me of the scene in “Field of Dreams”..

    30-September-2008 at 11:51 am

  10. Lovely toes ! have you been at the pedicure ??
    I agree with your @#$% ! I say the same !

    30-September-2008 at 11:54 am

  11. Oh My Sweet toed NOMSF..the wowld sometimes makes us want to cwy..
    love and smoochie kisses
    Asta

    30-September-2008 at 12:45 pm

  12. I’d let her touch them I think. She must be working really hard!!! That is quite a sad list. It amazes me that humans are so crazy.

    30-September-2008 at 12:46 pm

  13. Long time no toes, Sophia!

    30-September-2008 at 12:54 pm

  14. Let’s ban the banning of books! :D

    30-September-2008 at 3:40 pm

  15. Nice toes DK… hope you got something good for it.

    DKM… I’m ashamed to see my home state of Alabama show on so many of the list of banned books… Jen AKA the Mom

    30-September-2008 at 4:34 pm

  16. What adorable toes!

    And oooooh, the whole book banning thing makes Mom see red!

    Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn.

    30-September-2008 at 7:10 pm

  17. Them’s some dandy toesies, Sophia!

    I guess their homes and pulpits didn’t teach them how to spell “undermine.” hehehe….

    30-September-2008 at 8:33 pm

  18. We don’t want to give the sensor weirdos any more energy to promote their negative unworldliness and ignorance than is necessary. As we let their negativity pass along we like to concentrate on much more positive things like the mere beauty of Sophia’s toes.
    I think what it really is that makes them want to ban certain books is because it cuts to close to the core and makes them experience deep emotions and makes them feel human.
    — ok dat wuz mom speakin’–
    We jus loves DKs toes. Dey make us happy.

    30-September-2008 at 10:04 pm

  19. great toes!!!
    i think that book banning is so silly in a free society. people should be able to choose for themselves, yes, even school kids. why? it is called “imagination” and “broadening their horizons”

    30-September-2008 at 10:33 pm

  20. lottsa good books, mum has read many of them
    Your toes are adorrrrabibble

    30-September-2008 at 10:45 pm

  21. ?????????????????????????
    Why isn’t stupidity painful? It should be. Very, very painful.

    Roxy

    30-September-2008 at 11:33 pm

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