QotD: “Do you think that certain books like 50 Shades should ever be banned?”

Do you think that certain books like 50 Shades should ever be banned?

No, because banning a book only makes people want to read it more.

What should happen is the following:

It should be read, publicly, in excruciating detail. Make it as embarrassing and ridiculous as humanly possible.
Critique it. Dissect it. Analyze it.

Rip it to intellectual shreds, and leave the author in tears.

If it’s literature, it’ll stand on its own merits. If it’s crap – and oh, is this ever crap – then it will fade into obscurity.

Look at it this way: if we banned 50Shades, we’d lose out on a critical opportunity to talk about the way domestic abuse is eroticized and trivialized in our society.

For every fan who reads the book with a finger on the bean, there’s ten others reading it as a cautionary tale of men to avoid.

So, you know, good with the bad and all that.

Appropriately Inappropriate

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