Monday, November 9, 2009
I Hate American Family Values
By which I mean Christian values. And I guess Canadian ones too, to a (much, much) lesser extent?
Every time I read or watch something inspiring from the atheist community, or for that matter any logical, free-thinking sect of society, I think that maybe just maybe there's hope for humanity.
Then I go and read some bullshit like this.
Feel free to read Doctorow's whole editorial if you wish, but I'll summarize briefly. He writes a Young Adults sci-fi/fantasy kind of book about intelligent and patriotic kids who attempt to resurrect the US Government, presumably in a post-apocalyptic world. I haven't read the book. Sounds like something cool I might've read when I was in high school.
Apparently, parents AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE OUTRAGED with an offensive, filthy, DISGUSTING scene in the book that will scar their children FOREVER.
Clearly, I was prepared to read a synopsis about the explicit hardcore sexual details of pre-teen sex from this novel.
During a brief (and apparently REALLY brief) segment of the book, the lead character, who is a 17 year old boy, is making out with his girlfriend. They've been together for quite some time and there's some love there.
She then pulls out a condom and hands it to him.
The scene ends.
The next scene has the boy thinking about the experience, about what he expected and what it actually turned out to be.
HOLY SHIT, OUR YOUTH IS BEING CORRUPTED!!!
Are you fucking kidding me? This is how backwards and retarded Christian family values are. The guy is 17. I dunno about you, but the vast, VAST majority of 17 year old high school teens already know everything there is to know about sex, many have had it, and many are actively seeking it. It's a very important part of growing up, especially at that tender 16-18 age when angst-ridden teens are just getting to understand their hormonal urges.
Which means it's a perfectly acceptable subject for a Young Adult novel, provided it's handled tastefully. Which it was.
The scene is in NO way explicit. It briefly suggests that two people of the same age, who had been seeing each other for a long time, using proper protection, had sexual intercourse.
IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD.
Apparently some parents also objected to the story because, at one point, a seventeen year old is drinking a beer. GOOD GOD, WHEN WILL THE MADNESS END!?
I'm shocked they didn't mention any of these religious nutjobs complaining about the use of a condom, which is "against God's will."
Oh, and of course, in true American fashion, the book features violence and torture--but no one complained about that. Flash a breast? Immediate ban. Slowly cut strips of flesh off a human being until he bleeds to death? It's allllll good.
Society makes me sick.
(and no, I like me some violence in my stories.)