I have to comment. I just have
to.Alabama politician wants to ban books that ҡcknowledge' homosexuality
From the article: Some UA students will follow the lead of out-of-state college students today by protesting a bill that would prohibit state funds from going toward literature acknowledging homosexuality
Literature that acknowledges homosexuality...hmm. Well, at least that doesn't involve anything of quality or historical worth.
They point out that The Color Purple
would be banned, but it's just part of that silly "multicultural" agenda anyway. A Confederacy of Dunces
"acknowledges" homosexuality. The man who buys Ignatius's mother's hat is gay. Later in the book, they talk surreptitiously about homosexuality and being a transvestite. And John Kennedy Toole was gay. But he killed himself, and suicide is wrong, so it's okay to ban him.
Wasn't Virginia Woolf a lesbian? I think the Bloomsbury group had quite a few. Oh well, her books are boring anyway. Picture of Dorian Gray
(H-O-M-O) is obviously out, as is Bridget Jones' Diary
because doesn't she have a gay friend? That's acknowledging homosexuality. Not that Bridget Jones
is really read in school and besides, Bridget is kind of slutty and has a lot of premarital sex. What about The Canterbury Tales
? Literary experts and historians argue that the Pardoner may be gay. It's a theory prominent enough to be taught in most classes that read The Canterbury Tales
. No loss; the Wife of Bath was a bra-burning feminist, and we don't like those type of women in the first place. What about all the Greeks and their NAMBLA love? Even Holden Caulfield cannot be saved; his former male schoolteacher makes an advance on him. The Bell Jar
(alternate title: "Crafting Youthful Angst Before It Was Trendy") touches on lesbianism. Walt Whitman tried to deny it, but he was a big flaming queer and his faux illegitimate children are no excuse for "Song of Myself." Sophist poetry? Poofter poetry is more like it! Tennessee Williams might have been more aptly named "San Francisco Williams," and The Glass Menagerie
has a gay character, Tom, modeled after the playwright himself. Emily Dickinson had a series of girlfriends and liked to experiment with gender roles in her writing. And what about "A Love Song to J. Alfred Prufrock," written by T.S. Eliot, who is a MAN! It's not really considered a homosexual poem, but come on - it has the word "love" in the title. Clearly suspicious!
What about Shakespeare? What about his plays in which men dress up as women, and women as men? I guess it's no big deal if we ban him. Shakespeare didn't speak proper English anyway. I mean, come on, "Thou'rt" is not a word.
The Bible "acknowledges" homosexuality.
I think this law is great. If we eliminated all homosexual literature, eventually we'd wind up with a bunch of Ernest Hemingway books about hunting and fishing. And as we all know, those are really
exciting. Hemingway killed himself too, but we can excuse him for that because he had to live in a world full of so many gays.Here's the Guardian article
referenced in the original link.