Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sacramento's Prudes Are Hot and Bothered

According to a recent newscast, the Sacramento Library has come under fire for circulating copies of Penthouse's newest paperback publications. Residents are furious that "porn" is available for all, including kids, to check out and read. One gentleman even went so far as to accuse the library of providing "addictive" material, since some people can become addicted to porn.

I applaud the library's stance that the books are no worse than romance novels. While I am sure the content is as erotic as you would expect a Penthouse publication to be, similar content can be found in the writings of, among others, the Marquis de Sade, Anais Nin, and Anne Rice, who has written erotic novels under the nom de plumes of A.N. Roquelaure and Anne Rampling. And yes, works by all of these writers can be found at the library.

Anne Rice's books have been banned from libraries before, and in response she has said, "Censorship is foolish." I couldn't agree more, Anne.

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