Censorship is complicated. It’s wrong but sometimes necessary. For instance, what concerned parent hasn’t lifted a sharp knife out of the hands of a toddler, or carefully helped a youngster use a match to light a candle rather than take the chance of that child discovering undeserved pain for himself?
Parents and teachers possessing a good communication relationship with a child will let him read almost anything. But probably not pornography.
How do you define pornography? Let me say right up front that I haven’t read Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK yet, so I can’t offer an opinion on its content. In general terms, however, rape is brutal, violent, illegal… and for the victim, unspeakable horror. Most of us don’t need graphic words reproducing the act on a page to understand this. It’s possible to reflect the ugliness without describing its explicit details. What purpose beyond shock value do such words have in a novel?
I don’t choose to read it, but some erotic romance is very explicit. I believe it’s pornographic, but it isn’t censored.
Censorship is complicated.