Monday, September 20, 2010

Speak Loudly against Rape

Book bloggers fingers sprang furiously into action yesterday as heartfelt responses from all over the place were written in response to Dr Wesley Scroggins' article, Filthy books demeaning to republic education, in which he expresses his shock that school children are required to read material that borders on pornography.

A book that he specifically refers to is SPEAK, by Laurie Halse Anderson. This highly acclaimed and controversial novel is about a girl finding her voice after having been raped.
Scroggins says:
This is a book about a very dysfunctional family. Schoolteachers are losers, adults are losers and the cheerleading squad scores more than the football team. They have sex on Saturday night and then are goddesses at church on Sunday morning. The cheer squad also gets their group-rate abortions at prom time. As the main character in the book is alone with a boy who is touching her female parts, she makes the statement that this is what high school is supposed to feel like. The boy then rapes her on the next page.

Okay, so this book doesn't describe the perfect example of Christian living, I get that wholly and completely. But it's REAL. Rape is REAL. Rape is NOT PORNOGRAPHY. People should be allowed to SPEAK about it and those who want to LISTEN should be allowed to.

There are some heartbreaking and powerful responses out there (several are listed below) and I don't feel I need to add too much. I just wanted to do my part for getting the word out there.

I had not heard of this book, and there seem to be a number of other people who hadn't either, but thanks to Dr Scroggins' article and the powerful response it brought out from so many, we all know about it now. And I think the effect of his article will, in fact, be the opposite of what he intended.


Quinn said...

Janet Reid blogged about this too. I cant give the link right now cause Im typing this from my phone. I also dont feel there is anything I can add. I completely agree with you and the others who have spoken out about this book and topic.