Judy Blume? Really?

For the past few Wednesdays, some busybodies have been crowding the sidewalk in front of the Planned Parenthood on my way to work.  I resist the urge to stop and ask them questions.

But maybe next week I will stop and ask them if they believe that folks who send death threats to Judy Blume really help their cause.

Because, seriously, if you claim to be pro-life and you send death threats to a beloved children’s author, you look like you are deranged.

You really think that people who are sane and who are uncomfortable with abortion are going to be galvanized to the pro-life side by tales of how you threatened Judy Blume’s life?

Because I’m not seeing it.

5 thoughts on “Judy Blume? Really?

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  2. I recently learned that Judy Blume is one of the most censored authors here in the US and elsewhere. Guess I’ve never much paid attention to banned book lists and such – just read what I want. Although, should probably pay more attention since I might not have access to some good stuff if others aren’t fighting censorship. Anyhow, reading a list of banned books recently got me to thinking about Judy Blume and others on the list. I’m fascinated and frightened that she’s controversial. Seems that the dangerous category is the bildungsroman. Wild. Why would it be healthy to halt people’s growth and development? But it makes me think that there might be a significant population galvanized by threats to Judy Blume.

  3. I started loving Judy Blume books at 9. I don’t know if I’ve been exactly clear about my parents. They were strict. No rock music until i turned 10. There were very few tv shows we were allowed to watch. But, oddly, not one single book was ever forbidden. Ever.

    When we went to stay at my grandparents’ farm one summer we made the customary trip to the library. The farm community in Indiana’s Heartland had “banned” (i.e. refused to acquire) any of her books.

    When my mom found out about that she went to a bookstore and bought me every single one. This was when we were pretty poor, too. It cost a lot of money. But the idea of any book being forbidden to a reader was so abhorrent to her that she made the financial sacrifice.

    Of course I was mortified when my father insisted upon reading AYTG?IMM right after I finished it. I didn’t want him to find out about periods.

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