Literature should remain a last refuge for young people from cheap smuttiness of popular culture, writes Eilis O’Hanlon, who is critical of recent statements by Malorie Blackman and Philip Pullman
What do YOU think?
Putting more sex into children’s books won’t lead to any less internet porn, it will simply mean that there will be the same amount – plus more sex in children’s books.
What we have here is the classic liberal fallacy that if only nice, well-meaning, middle-class people got involved with certain issues, then nasty things would go away; and there are no more self-deluded do-gooders than writers. They’re the ultimate narcissists, never believing they could do anything but good. The old adage “trust me, I’m a doctor” has turned into “trust me, I’m a novelist.”
Personally, I find the idea of a bunch of middle-aged men and women writing sex scenes involving teenagers creepy. Worse still when, afterwards, they then get to hang around schools and libraries, urging teenagers to talk about all these subjects in the name of literature. As Pink Floyd might’ve sung: Hey, writer, leave those kids alone!