The popular series 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James has been banned in a Florida library. How can the U.S. not be passed banning books?
Seventeen libraries in Brevard County, Florida have banned the trilogy from their shelves. Cathy Schweinsberg, director of library services explained the ban saying, "It's quite simple, it doesn't meet our selection criteria." That doesn't sound very simple? In what ways do these popular books not meet the criteria?
She went further saying, "Nobody asked us to take it off the shelves, but we bought some copies before we realized what it was. We looked at it, because it's been called 'mommy porn' and 'soft porn.' We don't collect porn."
Actually, these libraries do collect other controversial books like Lolita, Tropic of Cancer, and The Complete Kama Sutra. It really doesn't make much sense to ban the popular books even if those books are now so-called "classics." The 50 Shades books may also become classics. Just because something is new doesn't mean that it is not well written and meaningful.
What do you think about this Florida county's decision to ban 50 Shades of Grey in its library? If this group of libraries wants to set an age restriction for checking out this book, that is one thing. However, to completely take it off the shelves is scary. Access to books should not be limited. The U.S. is a free country, and its public libraries should not censor books for adults.