“Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson is Most Certainly NOT Porn.

First of all, understand and know that I am against the banning of books and censorship.

But there are really some people should not “speak”.  I’m talking about people like Wesley Scroggins.  All too often those who should speak, don’t and those who really should not speak, do.  Mr. Scroggins is someone who should not.

I am seriously troubled at the constant stream of vitriol spewing from the mouths of the uninformed – the willingly ignorant.  And it’s not just a one-time occurrence.  This is happening every day – all around us.  It’s nothing new. People mindlessly “shoot from the hip” without bothering to check what it is they are shooting at or why they are shooting (their mouths off) to begin with.  They need to shut their mouths, put the brain (if they have one) in gear and do some research before they speak.

I just read “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson.  I have been wanting to read it for a while, so this last week I finally bought the book and read it over the weekend.  After hearing how Wesley Scroggins labeled the book as “soft pornography” in an opinion column a few weeks ago, I wanted to be able to react to his “idiocy” from an informed point of view.

I loved the book.  “Speak” is written in an engaging and very relatable way that in no way, shape or form could or should be construed as “soft pornography” or pornography at all, for that matter.  It’s about a teen who is raped at a party and her journey towards finding her inner strength and coming out of the dark, so to speak.

I think this man could not have read the book.  He would have you believe it is an obscene piece of literature.  The book is neither vulgar or offensive.  As someone else stated, if you get turned on by the thought of rape, then something is seriously wrong with you.  The rape scenes in the book are not graphic.  They don’t need to be.  Rape in and of itself is horrifying and brutal.  That the main character was raped and couldn’t, wouldn’t, didn’t talk about it is what the book is all about.  This is a book that our children should read when they are at that point of understanding.  It is a book to be talked about to and with our children.  It has helped many and will continue to help many more.

People like Mr. Scroggins need to take a giant step back and really think about what they are saying and doing before they open their mouths.  I hope those who are in the perimeter of their influence will see for themselves – check for themselves what is honest and factual.  Do not take someone’s word for something just because they say it is so. Find out for yourself.  Be informed. Inform yourself. And then speak out for what is right.

0 thoughts on ““Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson is Most Certainly NOT Porn.

  1. YES! First of all, let me say I agree with you about censorship. I find it is wrong and also believe it is part of the reason children these days aren’t reading at the level of their true potential. Second, I too have read Speak and find it a MAGNIFICENT book and can no way in heck say is it pornographic!! I think people who are misinformed, or speak without having a clue of what their talking about should just shut their mouths.

    –Megan S.–

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