Wednesday, September 22, 2010

If I SPEAK, Will You Listen?


"Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth." (From Laurie Halse Anderson's blog)

I'm sure most of you will have heard about the guy who wants to ban Laurie Halse Anderson's SPEAK.

Why? Because he calls it filthy and immoral. He also goes on to call the two rape scenes "soft pornography."

Read Laurie Halse Anderson's original post here

There have been some amazing posts around the blogosphere pledging their support for Speak. Posts which are heartbreaking and honest, hopeful, rallying...posts that make me glad to be part of such a wonderful community with their generosity

While I believe in free speech, I don't agree with other people's views on books being formed by one opinion. This got me thinking about a line from the book itself:

"We want to hear what you have to say." (Speak, Pg.148)

For Melinda Sordino this lie is told to students in high school. For me, it's a lie told to all of us. Some people don't want to hear what you have to say -- they only want to hear themselves. Rape is not, and will never be, a subject which needs to be silenced. We should never shush the voices which need to be heard, the cries of those screaming inside their own thoughts. 

Speak has helped thousands of people by opening up a dialogue to the painful aspects of their past (and not just rape, but other aspects like self-harm and depression.). Speak will continue to open the gates for debate. Open young adults eyes to the dangers out there. To help them SPEAK! 

8 comments:

  1. I was going to blog about this but you did it MUCH better than I could have. Well done.

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  2. I saw the coolest comment on Shannon Hale's blog this morning. Basically someone had found the book in the library and discover the blank last page wasn't blank anymore. It was filled with comments from girls who had gone through the same thing (many had kept quiet about it). The commenter wrote the phone # for the rape crisis center on the page. I thought that was an awesome idea. So even if the girl doesn't want to tell anyone she knows what happened, she can still talk to someone who can help.

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  3. Thank you so much for posting this! Well said!

    And that is an awesome story, Stina, I'm heading over there to check it out!

    Jessica

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  4. I'm so glad to see this making its way around the blogosphere.
    Thanks.

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  5. Yet another great post about this about this story! Well done Lindsay!

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  6. Totally agree. Love Stina's story too. I'm going to do that to the copy I have in my classroom.

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  7. Team Lindsay!! This echoed so many of my feelings regarding this ridiculous banning issue. Censorship does nothing for progress. Let's hope Mr. SPEAK Hater gets the memo.

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  8. Banning books is stupid anyway. It doesn't work. You may as well try to ban knowledge.

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