For the love of freedom, they’re probably not such prudes in Kuwait any more!
Students at New Rochelle School High School are going to find it difficult to complete their next assignment: comparing the film adaptation of “Girl, Interrupted” to the best-selling book. In the book, Kaysen recounts her confinement at a Massachussets mental hospital in the 1960’s.
Pages from the middle of the book have been torn out by the school district after having been deemed “inappropriate” by school officials due to sexual content and strong language … “The material was of a sexual nature that we deemed inappropriate for teachers to present to their students,” said English Department Chariperson Leslie Altschul, “since the book has other redeeming features, we took the liberty of bowdlerizing.”
Have these folks forgotten the Islamofascists hate us because we’re all pornographic bikini girls with machine guns subverting the pious youth of the world? If only they knew they were fighting their own neo-McCarthyite counterparts. Makes me want to roll around in copies of Catcher In The Rye, never mind that I can’t stand Holden Caulfield. Read with your children, people, and talk with them about what they read. Personal maturity goes a longer way than social taboo.
And make every week Banned Books Week!