Forced Readings

A Twisted New View of Censorship on Campus

I read with amusement a recent Chicago Tribune article about writer Salman Rushdie's appearance at the Chicago Humanities Festival, at which he "railed against censorship." When asked about censorship, Rushdie waxed irritated about some Duke University students who chose not to read the book selected by the university for all incoming freshmen: Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. They refused to read it because of its graphic depictions of sex acts, the viewing of which they consider immoral.

It's remarkable that what popped into Rushdie's mind when asked about censorship was the decision of conservatives not to read a novel, when...

 

is the Cultural Analyst at the Illinois Family Institute. Her cultural commentaries have been carried on a number of pro-family websites, and she has spoken at the Council for National Policy and at conferences sponsored by the Constitutional Coalition.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #35, Winter 2015 Copyright © 2021 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo35/forced-readings

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