Miss Letting-Go-Getting

Rock on Judy Blume
April 9, 2008, 8:17 pm
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Did you know? Young Adult author Judy Blume has five books on the ALA’s 100 most frequently challenged books list. Also on the list are such horrifying and corrupt tales as Harry Potter, Where’s Waldo and Huckleberry Finn.

Judy Blume! Author of classics such as Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge, and Are You There God It’s Me Margaret!

I remember being in seventh-grade Catholic school all knee-socked, and plaid-jumpered, covertly passing the book Forever by Judy Blume under our desks, the tingle-inducing parts marked with folded pages. See in Catholic school, we didn’t learn about the in’s and out’s of the birds and the bees. Get my drift? We knew that something bad (yet good) happened to result in a baby, but we were never quite told the dirty details, leaving us all a confused and obsessed lot. Judy Blume answered many questions for us young ladies and I will always be grateful to her for that. At that tender age, we were thinking about it, we were looking for the answers, and if we didn’t find it in Judy Blume, we eventually would have found it in our older brother’s porn collections. Did reading those honest pages makes us run out and screw everything in sight? Of course not! It was however, nice to know the un-catholicized truth.

In this video she talks about censorship and why she wrote the book Forever. Basically she wrote it in response to her fourteen year old daughter reading all sorts of literature relating sexuality to guilt and punishment.

“I wanted to allow a young women to enjoy her sexuality.”

Rock on Judy Blume!

“[I]t’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.” Judy Blume


Miss LGG


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