For These Conservatives, Depicting Rape in Literature is “Child Pornography”

ThinkProgress
September 5, 2013

Written by Alyssa Rosenberg

It’s always depressing to see attempts to get good, challenging literature out of school curricula. But the current push to get Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye removed from the federal Core Curriculum for eleventh graders as part of a larger effort to resist federal involvement in education, contains a particularly disturbing element. As The Atlantic Wire reports, some conservatives backing the attempt to ban the book are suggesting that scenes of sexual assault in the book amount to “child pornography”:

Hotzclaw told the Alabama Media Group, “The book is just completely objectionable, from language to the content.” The novel is seemingly the most controversial on the 11th grade reading list, and thus, an easy one to criticize — there have been efforts to ban it in schools and libraries since it was written in 1970. It does contain graphic scenes of forced sex (which the conservative blog Politichicks helpfully provided context-free in a post titled “(WARNING: Graphic) Common Core Approved Child Pornography”).

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