Parents' protest raises censorship questions


There is a certain irony in this case and all others like it. Now every teenager in Guilford County knows there is a prurient title out there they might actually want to read. We predict circulation of “The Handmaiden’s Tale’ will rise dramatically. It is not an easy read, but it might lead some to explore other titles by a well-respected author who has things to say to young people, and indeed others.

Finally, it is presumed that the complainants have read the book – not the odd passage, but actually read it. And thus be willing to publicly respond in the affirmative to the question, “Have you read this book,” if asked.


The title of the book is "The Handmaid's Tale."

I found the story irritating in its not even correcting the name of the title. It is an excellent book and should be widely read.

When I click the link it goes to an error page. Anyone else seeing this?

Apparently they changed their Content Management System the day after Blake posted the link. See:

It also appears none of the old website content migrated with the CMS switch though it may show up later. I hope this wasn't an online-only item and might show up in a newspapers database in six months perhaps. If not, this is just another example of tragic linkrot.

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