Is it just a coincidence that, on the very same day that the Washington Post tweeted a link to its (now retitled) piece, “Sex between students and teachers should not be a crime,” liberal blog Think Progress would tweet this?

What are those crazy conservatives up to now? The Atlantic Wire is reporting that pressure from Tea Party wacko birds has inspired Alabama State Senator Bill Holtzclaw to call for a ban of Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison’s 1970 novel, “The Bluest Eye” … sort of. If you follow the story from Think Progress back through the Atlantic and the Huffington Post to its origin on AL.com, it turns out that Holtzclaw’s stated goal is to “ensure that it’s not on any reading list in the state of Alabama.” Is it? Though the book isn’t required reading, “The Bluest Eye” does appear on the Common Core Standard’s recommended reading list for 11th graders, and 40 states have signed on to those Common Core standards.

For Think Progress, the most disturbing factor in the effort to have the book taken off the recommended reading list is its characterization by some as “child pornography.” Blogger Macey France of Politichicks presents a lengthy and compelling case against assigning the book to minors, backed up with graphic excerpts from the novel.

Obviously the reason behind some parents calls for removing the book are the graphic depictions of incest, rape and pedophilia. And not just that, the book actually lets the reader see the depictions from the perpetrator’s point of view.

In fact, the author of the book, Morrison, says that she wanted the reader to feel as though they are a “co-conspirator” with the rapist. She took pains to make sure she never portrayed the actions as wrong in order to show how everyone has their own problems. She even goes as far as to describe the pedophilia, rape and incest [as] “friendly,” “innocent,” and “tender.” It’s no wonder that this book is in the top 10 list of most contested books in the country.

Think Progress’ Alyssa Rosenberg argues that “suggesting that scenes of rape are pornography erases the distinction between sexual assault and consensual sex in a way that’s all too common in our larger culture.” In fact, that suggestion is just gross.

Did we mention her piece was published just before Betsy Karasik in the Washington Post called for an end to the “fantasy that a high school student can’t consent to sex” with her teacher?

Mere coincidence? Well, almost certainly; however, it’s also a sign that the public needs to pay close attention to this new national conversation on statutory rape we’re apparently having.

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  • Lisa

    More proof that the liberal agenda is actually to sicken our children and create new dysfunctional welfare babies with confused minds, forever dependent on Mamma Government to take care of them. No wonder half the nation is on Prozac!

    • Guest

      This book isn’t for children, it’s for juniors in high school. If your child doesn’t understand rape by the time they are 16 or 17, they have much bigger problems than common core. Im by no means defending common core, but do we want to be on the side of banning books?

      • Jimni27

        According to your president- a child is a child until they’re 26 years old. Unless of course she is a 12 year old girl buying the morning after pill.
        Also if you read the other side of the argument, instead of the Think Progress one- they do not want the book banned.

      • Guest

        It’s not about banning books. It’s about waiting until an appropriate age and time to read certain books. I don’t believe in banning books with deadly or disgusting information in them, but I do know when it seems to be too soon to cover or introduce such information.

      • Ron Wade

        the Government has banned the Bible so why not

      • Southern fried

        there you go. No one said any thing about banning books. They just dont think it is appropriate for a school to require it. One could still read it at the library or buy it. The parents can buy it for the children and let them read it at home. Liberals are always talking about choice except when it comes to education.

  • Maxx

    Only a liberal would use the words “tender” and “rape” in the same sentence.

    I’m telling you, this country needs an enema and November 2014 cannot get here quick enough.

    • ObamaFail

      Liberals also translate “consensual” as “some conservative thing that disrespects women!!!”

      • louisiana_mom

        Well yeah… after all us blow up dolls with a pulse who don’t have enough brain power to purchase birth control couldn’t possibly make an informed decision about something as complex as sex… /sarc. Progressives make me sick! They talk about War on Women while they are the ones who are waging it! I would much rather be thought of a capable and in one of Romney’s binders of potential candidates for a job, than thought of as nothing more than “lady parts”!!!

        • Guest

          VERY, VERY WELL SAID!!!! AS A FEMALE, THANK YOU!!!!

    • Guest

      CORRECT!!!!

    • michal nash

      And only a person lacking in intelligence would accept specious claims about what the book says without having first read it himself.

  • nc

    This is on a similar topic, from Heritage. The piece is a little long but very worth the read if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s about what’s “current” in Young Adult (teen) Literature. This is not the movie stuff. This is “serious” stuff being pushed by “professionals.” It will make your hair stand on end:

    http://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis/archive/issue.asp?year=2013&month=07

    “…The book industry, broadly speaking, says: Kids have a right to read whatever they want. And if you follow the argument through it becomes: Adults should not discriminate between good and bad books or stand as gatekeepers, deciding what young people should read. In other words, the faculty of judgment and taste that we apply in every other area of life involving children should somehow vaporize when it comes in contact with the printed word…”

    • nc

      Correction: The above is from Hillsdale College, not Heritage. (Edit won’t work)

      • http://amandakmelson.wordpress.com/ GreenEyedGal

        My copy of Imprimus came this week. I read the article and was shocked by what some of today’s “celebrated” books talked about. Sick and disgusting. Truly. I love to read and have passed that on to my 18 and 17 year old boys. I can only say, “Thank you, God, for protecting my kids from that garbage.” They have read so many books that I would worry maybe they had gotten hold of some of this stuff except someone gave my 17 year old a copy of the first book in Game of Thrones for his birthday and he was so embarrassed by the sex scenes between Cersi and Jaime he quit reading and got rid of the book.

    • louisiana_mom

      But yet the Progressives have banned Ayn Rand, George Orwell, and other’s books! Once again displaying their hypocrisy!

      • rennyangel2

        And Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and other Southern and earlier writers who have used the n-word in historically accurate depictions of the US at one time, thereby eliminating tens of true literary works in favor of “modern” “relevant” krap full of sex and drugs.

      • rennyangel2

        And Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and other Southern and earlier writers who have used the n-word in historically accurate depictions of the US at one time, thereby eliminating tens of true literary works in favor of “modern” “relevant” krap full of sex and drugs.

    • dublinireland

      I subscribe to Hillsdale College newsletter.Very informative. I am now 74 but when I was a kid, 8, 9, 10…I used to forage in a big wooden chest on my grandparents enclosed back porch for reading material. Started reading before I started school and always had “appropriate” materials provided by my parents. I remember reading “Tobacco Road” of all things, and mother knew I was reading it. She never told me something was not age appropriate she just turned me loose on any book I wanted to read. As far as I can tell I had a standard American girl life with marriage and children and was not harmed by reading many, many books that some of you think wrong for younger readers. Are you kidding me? High school kids of today have sex, yes…believe it or not, and they watch TV and read news stories…they know what is happening in today’s world. To say they can’t read “The Bluest Eye” is disingenuous at best.

  • ObamaFail

    So let me guess, it’s wrong to have anything related to Christianity in schools. But it’s okay to have books about pedophiles, rape, and everything associated with islam.

    Can liberals tell me how that isn’t messed up?

    • nc

      Not even the Ten Commandments.

      • Guest

        I KNOW!!!

    • Guest

      That says it all !!!

  • http://mpj.co WhoDat

    I remember reading Shakespeare in high school. I remember his stories having rape, murder, and a host of other things.

    • nc

      Check out my link below and then tell me if what the author is describing sounds anything like Shakespeare.

    • ObamaFail

      But that’s Shakespeare. Morrison is no Shakespeare. Morrison intended for people to see the rapists point of view, almost like Morrison wanted you to side with rapists. Did Shakespeare ever do that?

      Morrison even wants you to see rape and incest as “tender and friendly.” Which is written above in clear English.

      “In fact, the author of the book, Morrison, says that she wanted the reader to feel as though they are a “co-conspirator” with the rapist. She took pains to make sure she never portrayed the actions as wrong in order to show how everyone has their own problems. She even goes as far as to describe the pedophilia, rape and incest [as] “friendly,” “innocent,” and “tender.” It’s no wonder that this book is in the top 10 list of most contested books in the country.”

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      The Bible has those things too but doesn’t portray them as “friendly,” “innocent,” and “tender.”

    • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

      Billshut, you don’t have the vocabulary to understand Shakespeare

      • Paul

        ah there it is! i can’t argue your point, but you’re too dumb so i don’t have to. ding ding! you win the moron proggie troll of the hour award! get to suckin, your creamy prize awaits!

        • ForTheRepublic

          Yeah, I’m not even going to touch this one. I’m just going to wait for this asinine comment to be thrown down the memory hole. I am, however, calling attention to it. Why? Because it’s asinine.

    • Guest

      I do too!!!

    • Elena0412

      Not in detailed, modern language which reads more like pornography than literature. Indicating that an act occurred is very different from describing it in nauseating detail for 16-year-olds to digest.

  • Steve_J

    I think Morrison erased the lines between sexual assault and consensual sex by her very own description of what she intended to show.

  • AlCashier

    The 45 Declared Goals of the Communist TakeOver of America:
    #26: promote homosexuality and DEGENERACY as “normal”.

    • Herman LaClair

      homosexuality is NOT degeneracy. most homosexuals agree that pedophilia and rape of any kind are.

      • Guest

        True, true. Although I haven’t figured out yet if someone can be or is born homosexual. I certainly didn’t choose to be heterosexual, and I can’t imagine being homosexual.

      • Southern fried

        and if society continues on this path pedophila and rape will not be degeneracy in 30-40 years

      • Southern fried

        Well seems to me they have achieved their goal. Youre proof

      • Elena0412

        It was considered a mental illness by the medical profession until the progs lobbied to have it removed from the DSM. Next up, pedophilia. And many homosexuals do not think that having sex with a teenage boy is wrong, many find it ideal, particularly if the boy is “buff.”

        • michal nash

          Are you aware that 85% of the people who molest children are “heterosexuals? The Catholic priest, but then, Mary Kay Letouryneau and all of her followers were single, white, middleclass, heterosexual females.

  • EllisWyatt

    We’ll know this is an official Democratic Party strategy when George Stephanopoulos starts asking GOP candidates about their stance on legalizing statutory rape.

  • Adela Wagner

    This writer is disgusting to me. I have been on the other side of these crimes and I would never want anyone to think for one moment that these actions are not wrong. To take advantage of a child is NEVER OK. I don’t even want anyone to” pretend” to be a co-conspirator while reading this book like she does. It really makes me question her background regarding child abuse. Yes, we all do have stories and being at the mercy of a child molester is a terrifying one and should never be portrayed differently.

    Where is all this going? Total degradation of women and children and these liberals are feeding right into it. Where else in the world are women and children looked at as total property? In Islamic countries. Where it is totally acceptable to kill women, beat them for idiotic infractions. And to marry off prepubescent children. Even in the USA, where there are judges upholding Sharia law. Also where some muslim fathers and brothers “honor” kill female family members for being too “westernized”.

    Tear down the morals and the values and what do you have left? Have a disregard for life and what do you have left?

  • http://amandakmelson.wordpress.com/ GreenEyedGal

    “It’s an attempt to scare people away from engaging with depictions of sexual assault.”

    Am I the only one who read this sentence and thought, “Why would anyone want to engage with depictions of sexual assault?”

    Honestly, there are many, many people who have engaged with their own real-life encounters of sexual assault, either as children, teens or adults. It’s bad enough when someone steals your autonomy and robs you of your innocence and virtue. Why the hell would anyone want to participate in that from the other side? The thought of it doesn’t scare me away. It makes me want to beat the hell out of the sick, twisted person who wrote it.

    • WhoMeToo

      The Left is trying to fetishize rape.

      • michal nash

        I suggest you learn what the word means before you begin using it.

    • ARandKsmommy

      I can care less about any defense of this complete and total crap of a book. As Adela said above I have also been on the receiving end to these kind of crimes. I will not tolerate schools forcing my children to read this filth. I say what my children can and can not read PERIOD!!

    • Guest

      THANK YOU!!

  • Spiny Norman

    Don’t tell me, let me guess: Lolita is not on the reading list, but this is.

    If they’re going to recommend a book with with a scene graphically describing sex between a grown man and a pubescent girl (not that I believe they should), at least let it be something with a moral to the story… and real artistic merit.

    • michal nash

      Apparently you haven’t read the book.

  • http://www.freedomreconnection.com CO2 Producer

    If you can’t feel comfortable enough to read the book out loud in class, you probably shouldn’t be required to read it for class. Those excerpts that Politichicks’ Macey France cited were pretty blue, even if the characters would have been consenting adults. That’s college-level material, not high school. And even at that level I can see some people not wanting to be required to read it.

    • Guest

      That’s right!

  • Axelgreaser

    MORE OF THE ‘OBAMA EFFECT.’ It seems every manner of pestilence has been unleashed on America since 2009.

    • http://musterion.typepad.com/blog/ Joe Dokes

      No. It was all there the whole time. He’s just the empty suit hired to pry the lid off and insult any who want to put it back on.

  • The Penguin #PublishThatSh*t

    Sometimes it’s only “kinda” child rape.

  • rennyangel2

    No state should be signed on to Common Core to start. Anything in it is already corrupted by PC, prog., libby, *ssbackward “education” and indoctrination regarding sex, politics, and/or any “normal” or traditional belief system.

  • rennyangel2

    No state should be signed on to Common Core to start. Anything in it is already corrupted by PC, prog., libby, *ssbackward “education” and indoctrination regarding sex, politics, and/or any “normal” or traditional belief system.

  • bo1921

    I don’t understand what’s so “progressive” about raping children. Maybe it’s just me.

    • NRPax

      Because you’re being “old fashioned,” and “judgmental.” How dare you?!

      Hope that helps you understand their viewpoint.

      • June Maulfair

        Oh my God! I just heard my daughter’s voice when you said that! Those are the arguments she uses when she disagrees with my opinions.

        • NRPax

          Just fondly remember those conversations when she has a family of her own and spring it on her.

  • bo1921

    I don’t understand what’s so “progressive” about raping children. Maybe it’s just me.

  • vcferlita

    Who remembers the article a little while back in Gawker that pedophiles are just born that way? I got into in argument with some of my lib friends that after states started legalizing gay marriage that pedophilia would be next. I was called an alarmist, a bigot, an idiot, etc.. I was told that because young children can’t consent it would never be legal. Well, the national conversation is continuing. It may take some time, maybe decades, but if progressives get their way, pedophilia will one be legal.

  • vcferlita

    Who remembers the article a little while back in Gawker that pedophiles are just born that way? I got into in argument with some of my lib friends that after states started legalizing gay marriage that pedophilia would be next. I was called an alarmist, a bigot, an idiot, etc.. I was told that because young children can’t consent it would never be legal. Well, the national conversation is continuing. It may take some time, maybe decades, but if progressives get their way, pedophilia will one be legal.

  • grumpyhillbilly

    I don’t get the progressive female’s fantasy of rape. Its violent and emotionally manipulative. However it makes sense to glorify pedophilia. Haven’t most gays been sexually assaulted as children. No longer were they raped, but rather they were guided to their sexual orientation by a more mature sole. Yeah…sounds like rape to me with total mind control on the side.

    What mystifies me is with what abandon the progressive community went after Penn State. Well… they did ignore all things Second Mile. Anyway I hope the pro-rape, incest, pedophilia crowd can get the sanctions removed from the Penn State football team. Seems Sandusky is their type of guy, and in their world did nothing wrong.

    • http://musterion.typepad.com/blog/ Joe Dokes

      They can safely and openly fantasize about rape because they’ve effectively neutered most adult males, and so (in their minds) neutralized the threat. Which only demonstrates how truly depraved and insane they have been the whole time.

      And to them, Sandusky’s only crime was getting caught.

  • grumpyhillbilly

    I don’t get the progressive female’s fantasy of rape. Its violent and emotionally manipulative. However it makes sense to glorify pedophilia. Haven’t most gays been sexually assaulted as children. No longer were they raped, but rather they were guided to their sexual orientation by a more mature sole. Yeah…sounds like rape to me with total mind control on the side.

    What mystifies me is with what abandon the progressive community went after Penn State. Well… they did ignore all things Second Mile. Anyway I hope the pro-rape, incest, pedophilia crowd can get the sanctions removed from the Penn State football team. Seems Sandusky is their type of guy, and in their world did nothing wrong.

  • OLLPOH ~ America

    Our best friend was repeatedly raped as a young child by members of her own family. To this day she has vivid and cruel memories of those events.
    How dare anyone suggest that it is OK. To witness her being overwhelmed by her memories brings out a rage in us that….well, our rage subsides, but the memories don’t.
    The violation of another person is never justified.
    The memories will not leave….and they are not good memories…

    • Bathing Suit Area

      Nobody is suggesting that it is ok. Perhaps people could understand your friend’s situation better if they’d read a book about it.

  • GrindingMills

    This book isn’t for children, it’s for juniors in high school. If your child doesn’t understand rape by the time they are 16 or 17, they have much bigger problems than common core. Im by no means defending common core, but do we want to be on the side of banning books?

    • PeterP

      It’s not book banning when public schools choose what books to teach children. If it were, we would have to teach ALL books to children. Not very practical. All school boards choose what books NOT to teach.

    • PeterP

      If parents want there kids to read Fifty Shades of Gray, they are free to buy them the book. But schools don’t have to teach it to school children just to avoid the accusation of book banning.

    • http://musterion.typepad.com/blog/ Joe Dokes

      So you consider H.S. juniors to be adults?

  • Jack Peterson

    “Think Progress”: Not very thoughtful, and progressive is not always better.

    • Brad

      I call them Stink Progress. It fits better, because “Think” Progress implies that “progressives” have the capability to think.

      Besides, most “progressives” really DO stink. Did you ever have the misfortune of going past a Occupawn rally? I did. I needed to shower afterwards.

  • http://musterion.typepad.com/blog/ Joe Dokes

    self-deleted

    • Brad

      Me too. 😉

  • http://musterion.typepad.com/blog/ Joe Dokes

    Expect more of this, if you already don’t. The main reason the Left wants to sexualize children is so adults can have sex with them (no doubt future abortion industry customers is tied in as well). If someone can come up with a more logical reason, I await.

    If the Left continues to gain power, some of us will live long enough to witness the introduction of literal rape that is perfectly legal because it targets the right “participants” (those whom today we’d call “victims”). They’ve long said heterosexual consensual relations in marriage is legalized rape, yet pedophilia is not necessarily rape. That means the foundation for what they want is already in place – it just requires the political power and will to run with it, and they almost have both now.

  • Janice LEE

    Anyone promoting this filth to our children is most likely into child porn.

  • JerseyJoe

    Boy, that Alyssa Rosenberg has the reddest lips…

  • realsmartmom

    FACT: A 16 or 17 year old is a minor. FACT: A minor is legally a child. FACT: Anyone who puts this filth in my minor’s hands and tries to tell her it is “liberating” and “enlightening” and any other bull**it code word these degenerates use will have to deal with a pair of fully grown adults. FACT:Those adults are my 6’1, 225 LB husband and me, and we don’t play when it comes to our minor child. True story…..

  • Southern fried

    this book also seems a little racist to boot. Yu would think libprogs would wont to ban it for that reason. I guess glorifying pedophilia, rape and incest trump that though.

    • Bathing Suit Area

      Depicting is not glorifying.

  • Sargonarhes

    What kind of sick mind would write such a book? We know such things happen, but something should be done about it, not read about as a language lesson or entertainment. I’m guessing Robert Heinlein’s book Starship Troopers is banned from Common Core’s list, it’s in English as well so it should qualify. But then it’s about duty and personal responsibility, something liberals tend to shy away from.

  • 32lain44

    Miley Cirus, Tony Morrison………..you have your sheep…and you have your goats. Feed them well with liberal BS and your herd will grow………….if the government is feeding them.

  • AZWarrior

    All this book is good for to that age group is as a masturbation aid. Worse stuff is available on the Internet, so providing more porn to these kids is totally unnecessary.

  • michal nash

    My suggestion to all of you here is that you first read the book for yourself. One of the basic tenets of critical thinking is to approach every claim with some degree of skepticism. All of you here have merely taken the writers word as the gospel, typically, without the slightest inclination to see what is really at issue here. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised since gossip is always more interesting than the truth.

  • Defend Liberty Philly Dude

    If each of us were alike, our decisions, tastes, and actions would all be the same, there would be no reason for expressions such as “living my own life”, and there would be little case for liberty.

  • Honoria1

    As noted in courts, predators often believe the victims were also either at fault or coerced the predators themselves. This twisted reasoning tries to blame the victims and tries to make the victims complicit in this crime. The number of children violated is astounding and this seems to try to pave the way to make it more acceptable to take advantage of the most venerable in our society. What happened to protecting our young children and providing a moral compass?? Why are we not giving our children the best instead of dredging the cesspools in teaching our children???