Posted September 19, 2010 by Pixie in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

You may have noticed the #SpeakLoudly campaign being posted all over twitter. We did, and we wanted to know more – what we found, just ticked us off. Laurie Halse Anderson’s book Speak and the movie is causing a stir. Dr. Scroggins is taking it out of context and warping it into his own propaganda. I linked his article, so that you can read if for yourself. However, I found the comments left in the response of the article more entertaining.

 Speak Synopsis:

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth

How can anyone view a rape scene as porn? The term porn means-creative activity of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire. If a teen rape scene causes Dr. Scroggins sexual desire, he is the last person I want telling me what is appropriate for my child. Rape is not a sexual act, it is an act of violence.

Read Laurie’s response to this article and watch the video of Laurie reading the amazing poem she wrote, Listen, to share the response she’s gotten to Speak over the years on her blog HERE.  She also has links to how you can voice your thoughts an opinions to the newspaper that posted the initial article and others.

We will be adding Speak to our giveaway of banned books. To enter just tweet something for #speakloudly including the hashtag and @ @halseanderson & @pageturnersblog in the tweet. A random winner will be chosen from the tweets.

You can support Laurie by purchasing a copy of Speak to add to your collection.  

UPDATE – Bookalicio.us has a post where you can link to your #SpeakLoudly Post and check out other’s #SpeakLoudly Posts.


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One response to “#SPEAKLOUDLY

  1. The #SpeakLoudly campaign has really taken off since this morning. It's encouraging and makes me happy to see the literary community gather and stand up against someone who would equate rape with pornography.

    Thanks for sharing and I think it's a great idea to include a copy of Speak in your banned book giveaway. I may do the same.

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