Did you read about Indiana’s new law about books with sexual content? Booksellers with sexually explicit books must register with the state for regulation, else face fines or even legal charges.
What constitutes “sexually explicit”? Well, that’s the thing. Indiana wants to make laws against:
sexually explicit material that can be viewed as “harmful” to minors, including material that “appeals to the prurient interest in sex of minors.”
Harmful is subjective. And prurient… well, not sure you can find many teenage minors without prurient interests, even without something so heinous as *books* around influencing the lil dears.
Booksellers worry this new law will lump shops offering marital self help books and coming-of-age literary classics in with pornographers if it goes unchallenged. Gah.
But I felt this was an intriguing quote:
“I think this is very hypocritical,” said Elizabeth Barden, owner of Big Hat Books on the Northside. “On the one hand, we feel a need to censor ourselves, while on the other hand, we are spending our tax dollars to free the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people.”
YOUR TURN: Thoughts?