Sui Generis

August 23, 2006

Thumbs down to Waldenbooks

Filed under: News and Culture — by Joyful Girl @ 9:26 pm

“Imagine books and music and movies being filtered and homogenized. Certified. Approved for consumption. People will be happy to give up most of their culture for the assurance that the tiny bit that comes through is safe and clean. White noise.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk

Ugh–this is utter bullshit.  A Mississippi Waldenbooks store recently pulled all of the books off the shelves in their relationship/adult section because some ultra conservative nut job was offended by the title and cover of The Good Sex Bible.   I am flaberghasted, not only by the corporate decision to react so dramatically but also because I am trying to do a search on for this book and it simply does not appear to exist!  It is also very difficult to find any information about this book on google.  I came across a couple of websites that state the book was to be released in 2005, and yet there are virtually no real links to find out more about this book.   Perhaps a glitch, but then again, perhaps not.  I am quite curious to know what the deal is.

I never even heard of this book before today and honestly wouldnt be interested in reading it based on its title alone.  But for some bible thumping radical woman in Mississippi, the title alone was enough to raise such a ruckus that every book in the relationship section of Waldenbooks gets pulled and the store manager has had to face the threat of arrest as well- though I am not clear on what charges.  

All this makes me feel very sad indeed.   Censorship continues to creep into our society. I wonder how many realize that the religious fanatics in our own country pose more of a threat to us than radcial religious-terrorists abroad do.


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