You’ve probably heard about the latest case of “save the children!” overreaction. Out in Victorville, California, a 16-year-old checked out a book about manga. (Not manga, but an overview of the medium.) Since it was a survey book, it contained a few not-safe-for-kids images, and Mom “was horrified” that her baby “could check out pornography out of my local library”. Shh, no one tell her about a novel called Lolita, or for that matter, that there’s drunken incest in the Bible!
She requested the book be removed from the library, and the library refused, as they should have. The book was shelved in the adult section, and they believe that parents, not the library, should be responsible for what their children read.
As a side note, the preliminary article manages to work in that she “considers herself and her two kids devout Christians”. Apparently the “I have the right to tell everyone how to run their lives” kind, not the “live and let live” kind, since she went to the press and wound up getting a county official to demand the book’s removal . Like most politicians, he reveals himself to be a complete hypocrite. “The councilman was quick to say he does not believe in censorship of books, but was also clear to point out the need to protect underage library members from explicit content.” Having the book removed IS censorship, dweeb.
MangaBlog has links to more reactions.
Update: MangaBlog has also posted links to an interview with the library head. It looks to me that, with a political change of power coming up for the library chain, he’s trying to make the best of a bad situation. I wonder what the library would do if patrons requested the book through inter-library loan?