Lauren Myracle Reads (and Writes) Banned Books, Do You?

Lauren Myracle, author of ttyl and Luv Ya Bunches, two frequently challenged books, writes about the phenomenon of Banned Books. She says that parents anger springs from fear. Grown-ups who care about what kids read aren't the enemy.

From Shelf Awareness: As 2009's number one most frequently challenged author in the country (Mom, cover your ears), I often catch flack for writing about topics that certain parents, teachers and librarians would prefer I didn't. Like what? Like a teenager kissing her female best friend, or high school kids drinking too much and doing really stupid things, or a discussion of the pros and cons of thongs.

I've also come under fire for writing (lovingly) about a fifth-grader who has two moms, as well as a boy who won't join the Boy Scouts because of the Boy Scouts' discriminatory policies. Biology gets me in trouble, too. For example, parents get all kinds of upset about a scene in one of my novels in which a 12-year-old girl sits down with a box of tampons and attempts to make heads and tails of the dense instruction pamphlet.

In grappling with issues surrounding censorship, I've come to the conclusion that the enemy--at least in part--is the inevitable us/them dichotomy that arises in discussions of intellectual freedom.


She loves jebus. Great so now all her books are ok? Think not.

People should refrain from writing Jesus' name mockingly like that.

And I don't think the Scouts are discriminating at all, they're just holding to what morality really should be, and refusing to bow to the gay agenda that's corrupting everything today. The same thing with the 'two moms' thing. The evidence is clear that kids need a mother and a father, and that being exposed to perverted behavior affects them as they grow up. Wanting what's best for kids is NOT a bad thing.

The way I look at it, no one can ban a book completely, at least in this country. But when it comes to required reading lists, kids should have enough alternatives that they aren't forced into reading a book they may not agree with. (and it should be the kids, not the parents,'s definately better for teens to think for themselves)


"...children being raised by same-sex couples have nearly the same educational achievement as children raised by married heterosexual couples." Michael J. Rosenfeld. Nontraditional Families and Childhood Progress Through School. Demography, 2010; 47 (3): 755 DOI: 10.1353/dem.0.0112

"The family type that is best for children is one that has responsible, committed, stable parenting. Two parents are, on average, better than one, but one really good parent is better than two not-so-good ones. The gender of parents only matters in ways that don't matter." Wiley-Blackwell (2010, January 28). Do children need both a mother and a father?. ScienceDaily.

But why should we let science get in the way of our beliefs? Gays and Scouting wasn't an issue until a particular church hijacked the organization. The allegedly "perverted behavior" does not have a documented "negative affect".

Maybe your best aint the best for my kid.