For years I have marveled at the nonsense of censorship… I really wish these people would get a clue.
Why is it that people will jump up and down and scream and picket about a book – a book mind you – with no pictures inside, but completely and totally ignore pictures, posters, movie covers, billboards… I could go on and on and on and on…
They are horrified that we would allow our children to read such disgusting stories but they have absolutely no problem with young children seeing a half-naked woman on a giant billboard at the side of the road.
They don’t want their children to read books which pose difficult questions but they have no problem with them walking through Wal-Mart or a video store and seeing dead people or horrific monsters splashed across the covers of nearly half the movies currently on display…
Oh yeah… that makes sense!
It is these same people who get angry about a book series like twilight – because of course, Edward is the classic abuser… right? And they will act like those of us campaigning for the #NoGreyNoWay are insane because (SHOCK…GASP!) we don’t want a book that shows how important it is for a woman to choose to be abused!
Oh my goodness… what were we thinking! – and if you can’t read the sarcasm dripping from that statement, let me clarify, it was ENTIRELY sarcastic.
for a moment… let’s just look at this argument:
- Edward (a “rich” superhuman being who it is nearly impossible to destroy), Bella (a young woman who trips over absolutely nothing even while she’s watching where she’s going) – Oh yeah… HIS over-protection of her must be abuse. There just cannot be another logical explanation. Yup, oh he’s an abuser alright. He wants to keep her safe and he goes to some strange lengths to do it. Having her sleep over at his house with his sister… WOW! How does Bella not see the evil in that plan?
- Mr Gray (a rich businessman who doesn’t seem to be able to hear the word “No”), Ana (a young and extremely naive college girl who is constantly manipulated) Yup – that’s really “choosing”.
Does anyone else see the ridiculousness here?
So, to recap…
It’s NOT OK for our young people to read about someone who only wants to protect the woman he loves (NEVER ONCE does he lay a hand on her except to protect her! ie: picking her up and running away, lifting her into a jeep so they can leave faster, pulling her away from danger, etc…)
But it’s just fine to allow them to read about a rich man who forces… manipulates… coerces… a young woman into signing a contract so that he can beat her?
By the way… if you still want to go with that argument about it being OK to be in an abusive relationship as long as you choose it, then remind me again – what is wrong with the twilight saga? Because the way I remember it, she chooses him over and over and over and over and over and over and over!
OK… stepping away from that argument now.
Back to the idea of censorship:
We live in a world that has forgotten for a large part what censorship really means!
1.an official who examines material that is about to be released, such as books, movies, news, and art, and suppresses any parts that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.
synonyms: expurgator, bowdlerizer; More
2.(in ancient Rome) either of two magistrates who held censuses and supervised public morals.
1.examine (a book, movie, etc.) officially and suppress unacceptable parts of it.“my mail was being censored”
synonyms: cut, delete parts of, make cuts in, blue-pencil, redact; More
Somewhere along the line it became ridiculous for movies to be “censored” and TV followed quickly after – instead choosing a rating system as their guide to viewers.
And somehow now – good books are called into question because they pose a strong philosophical question or message, while others are held up as achievements for all mankind because they promote a dangerous idea.
I don’t know about you but that scares me right to my bones!
Now… granted, unless you lock your children in a closet, they will encounter these things in the real world. Evil exists. Sin exists. And it doesn’t always hide in the shadows.
Clearly – more often than not – sin and evil are right out in the open.
The most important thing a parent can do in these situations is to educate your children. Show them what sin and evil look like so they know it when they see it. If you hide it from them, they won’t recognize it when they see it and they might end up neck-deep in trouble before they know it.
And that is probably the trickiest part because you certainly don’t want to just expose your children to the kinds of things that happen in a certain movie I mentioned above #NOGREYNOWAY!
The best choice of exposure, in my opinion, is the Holy Bible – which has enough sin and evil to educate the whole world.
I KNOW there are things I wish I had never read about it – and that was just in articles written about the books! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK!
But you do want them to know that such things exist and why it is important to focus on the positive things in this world… NOT the negative and nasty!
It’s never an easy thing to be a parent and I know I struggle and I’m sure I’ve made my fair share of mistakes along the way. There’s no instruction manual UNLESS you count the BIBLE! But we all just have to do the best we can and PRAY that GOD will lead us and guide us and protect our children when we can’t be right there with them!
God Bless You!
Check back soon for more musings and other nonsense from my head.
© J. C. Morrows 2015
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5 thoughts on “Censorship Rant”
Reblogged this on Donna's Family Life and commented:
Oh wow, I have to go along with this… I love the Twilight series… and the Hunger Games series… so remind me, why is it ok for Mr. Grey to be an extremist abuser — but Edward Cullen is the bad guy… along with Gale Hawthorne and Peeta Mellark (since they do everything they can to protect Katniss Everdeen)…
Well written. Of course, I have not read the twilight series… have no desire to. And I definitely will not, ever, ever, read the gray book. I have read and will continue to read the Bible. There are so many classic books available, that I choose to read. I am not into the current fascination with vampires, living dead, that sort of thing. when my children were little I did talk with them about the books they were reading. I tried to give them a good balance. There were some books, I rather they didn’t read, but, sometimes they did and we talked about that. This is a great article you wrote, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Well done.
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Thank you. I feel so blessed you like it. I read the twilight series years ago – almost like another life…
It seemed like the best analogy for the subject…
If I had compared it to my usual now (Amish fiction) – I can only imagine the reaction. 😉
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As I read your post, I kept thinking of the comments that you may receive. I hope it was all positive for you.
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SO far it has been. THANKS!
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