Censorship

Remember the outrage a few months back when Amazon was selling a handbook for pedophiles? Twitter was in an uproar, that’s for sure. At first Amazon stuck with the Freedom of Speech, but quickly gave itself, and us, whiplash by yanking the book from their site.

It seemed like a victory to those that objected to that filth being sold, but as a writer, I cringed, and a small part of me died. No, I do not support pedophilia. I find such people disgusting. Pedophilia is disgusting and I’d love to see offenders publicly flogged, tarred and feathered, chemically castrated, and a dozen other things that would probably get my own blog removed from this host site for mentioning, but as a writer, I support the freedom to write about whatever topic a writer wishes to write. I support Freedom of Speech. (Besides, let the sick write their stories. Let them out themselves in their filth. Give the cops a big, red bulls-eye that screams, “Look at me! Lock me up!”

Alas, I digress too far. Let’s wrap this tangent back around to the point, which is, now that the door has been opened – now that the outrage has destroyed one book – others are falling. Some of those that objected to the pedophilia guide are now changing sides and crying that these other books are being removed.

Several books have disappeared over the past week. Authors aren’t being told why, but the theme between them appears to be incest. Oh sure, I know there are some people out there that will say good riddance just as quickly for incest as they do for pedophilia, but at risk of alienating my dear readers, one of my top ten reads for 2010 was a story about twins who cross that line. It was endearing and painful and beautiful. And they were adults. And it was fiction. Get over it.

Yes, there is outrage that these books are being removed when there was little to none at the first situation. What’s the difference? Where do we draw the line? The door has been opened for any group to raise a shout and have any questionable topic removed from Amazon’s website. It is happening as we speak. Several erotic romance authors have had their stories removed and, as this progresses, which topics will be safe? Will gay romance be next? After all, we can’t get the country to agree on letting gay people get married (and some municipalities still have laws against homosexual copulation), so why allow them to falling in love (and explicit lust) in books?

Anyone who demanded that any book be removed from sale should read 1984. Extreme? Maybe. The first line has already been crossed, and that grey area where we decide which books/topics to censor just the beginning of going too far. At the far side of that grey area is a mask of rats for each of us.

I have news for you, dear Readers, if you’re reading this, CRANK, or any of my stories, you, too, may be going too far. You, too, may have stories removed from your Kindle library — stories you enjoyed, stories you’d read again, if only they were there. If this mentality continues, soon we’ll only be allowed to read NY Times Bestsellers, and if that occurs, I’ll gouge my eyes out before I read the drivel the masses seem to think is great, and safe, literature.

Was this what you wanted when you supported the removal of that first pathetic, dreary book? Did you suspect your erotica would be next to fall? Why the fuck not?

Ciao,
Pia

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2 responses to “Censorship

  • Mentorless

    Essential point to raise. I agree 100%. You did a great job explaining the thin line between the two positions and the dangers to fall on the wrong side. *bow*

  • christel42

    Your post brings to mind reading V.C. Andrews at the ripe age of 11…Hello incest! Coincidently, the Flowers in the Attic books were some of the only YA available in that decade. I think we all read them growing up. I wholeheartedly agree with you. It’s a fine line between censorship and content monitoring. I just figure, if someone is offended by something, then don’t read it, and keep opinions to yourself. Free speech and all that.

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