Challenged books

The annual list of challenged books is often a good barometer for American politics/dumbness. After a few years off, Margaret Atwood is finally back in the saddle, pedaling her unique brand of radical feminism (ie, don’t treat women and their bodies like property) to a stalwart group of pearl-clutching conservatives who are worried about the children learning to treat others like people. Also in the crosshairs? LGBTQ books for kids. Stay classy, America!

Attempts to remove books from libraries across the US rose almost a fifth last year, with children’s books featuring LGBTQ characters making up 80% of the most challenged books.

The American Library Association’s annual list of the most challenged books in public, school and academic libraries was topped by Alex Gino’s George, which has made the top 10 every year since it was published in 2015. Objections to the book, about a child who “knows she’s not a boy”, cited sexual references and conflict with “traditional family structure”, with some saying schools and libraries should not “put books in a child’s hand that require discussion”.

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