Have you heard about the Speak Loudly controversy? Read more about it here. Also, I blogged about it today over on Throwing Up Words.
JakeSeptember 22, 2010
I’m not sure I am agreeing or disagreeing with you one this one. I’ve never read the book. I don’t know what the pages entail, and maybe I’m completely off base because I have only read the short snippets you linked to. I don’t particularly agree with censorship, but I also don’t always agree with strict required readings either.
People are different and react differently to words and images and thoughts. Melissa has read some books that I don’t consider vulgar, but would not read myself because we see things differently and our emotions are played on differently.
I see a lot of lower income families in my practice and the stark contrast between the adolescent boys and girls I see is amazing.
Ms Anderson says the following in her defense; “The fact that he sees rape as sexually exciting (pornographic) is disturbing, if not horrifying.” The sad truth is that a lot of adolescent boys (and unfortunately men) do see these things as sexually exciting and many of them are too immature to see yet that it is horrifying because they don’t have the strong adult models in their lives to look to for advice. I find this much more common than in adolescent girls who are almost universally more mature.
Sorry about the long comment. I hope it didn’t come off mean or vindictive because it certainly wasn’t meat to be.
allySeptember 22, 2010
Definitely not, Jake, and i appreciate you commenting, as always.
I’ve read the book and it deals with the emotional fallout of the rape. What has happened to her because of it. How she’s trying to get her voice back when she’s too scared to talk about what happened. The actual description of the rape is heartbreaking.
SusanASeptember 22, 2010
I don’t know anything about this book but what you’ve said, Ally. But i am interested because i wrote a book on the same topic but for an LDS audience. All I keep getting back are rejections that tell me what a great story it is–it’s intriguing, and I’m a strong writer–but they won’t touch it with a ten foot pole.
What is wrong with people that they feel heavy topics like this should be shoved under the rug? It’s that mentality that makes girls, like Melinda, feel that they have nowhere to turn.
I haven’t heard about this controversy. Is it being banned from schools? Or is it going out of print altogether?
Jake, I should add that I think/hope this is the kind of book that might help an adolescent (boy or girl) step into the shoes of someone who has been raped. And see how it must feel.
Susan, the link addresses the controversy in detail. But it won’t be going out of print anytime soon. It’s a classic and a bestseller. Which is good.
I’m surprised at the reason for the rejections–that they would reject a book simply based on topic. I know Jack Weyland has covered the topic but I’m not sure it’s still in print…although he had a new book out with DB last year and another one is coming up next month. I know they were really excited about Being Sixteen addressing the issue of an eating disorder.
JenniElyseSeptember 22, 2010
I loved reading your point-of-view on this controversy, especially the knowledge and insights you gained from your dad. Even though I haven’t read the book yet, I’ve been following it very closely and even wrote my own blog about it–http://jennielyse.com/speak-up/.
online guitarDecember 23, 2010
Good information, quite a few cheers for the author.
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