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Brave New World among top 10 books Americans most want banned

And Tango Makes Three

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Each year, the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information.

A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. The number of challenges reflects only incidents reported. We estimate that for every reported challenge, four or five remain unreported. Therefore, we do not claim comprehensiveness in recording challenges.

Background Information from 2001 to 2010

Over the past nine years, American libraries were faced with 4,659 challenges.

* 1,536 challenges due to “sexually explicit” material;

* 1,231 challenges due to “offensive language”;

* 977 challenges due to material deemed “unsuited to age group”;

* 553 challenges due to “violence”

* 370 challenges due to “homosexuality”; and

Further, 121 materials were challenged because they were “anti-family,” and an additional 304 were challenged because of their “religious viewpoints.”

from ALA website – also see the Online Challenge Reporting Form, it makes for interesting reading (no pun intended, or maybe just a small one).

The ALA’s top 10 most frequently challenged books of 2010

1. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: Homosexuality, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Reasons: Insensitivity, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

4. Crank by Ellen Hopkins. Reasons: Drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

6. Lush by Natasha Friend. Reasons: Drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

7. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones. Reasons: Sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

8. Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich. Reasons: Drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint

9. Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology edited by Amy Sonnie. Reasons: Homosexuality, sexually explicit

10. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Reasons: Religious viewpoint, violence

via Brave New World among top 10 books Americans most want banned | Books | guardian.co.uk.

Strange Random Censorship Quote:

What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books. – Sigmund Freud, 1933

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