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Letter: Utah Parents United turned me on to serious problem

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Four of nine books that have been removed from schools in the Canyons School District and placed under review, Nov. 23, 2021. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin.

I have recently learned that the group Utah Parents United has identified a serious problem occurring in our schools. Apparently, pornography is being made available to our children via the school libraries.

Upon hearing this news, I researched the books that are under scrutiny. I was disgusted with what I saw, and I felt compelled to write this letter to The Tribune showing my solidarity with Utah Parents United. The books should be banned from our schools, not because they are pornographic, but because they are not very good pornos in the first place.

The porno “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison is one of the worst pornos I have ever read. I should have realized it was bad immediately because I noticed Toni Morrison had won a Nobel Prize. Nobel Prize winners do not write very good pornos. There is only one sex scene in “The Bluest Eye” and it is a violent sexual assault, which is not very titillating. Furthermore, I found myself becoming empathetic toward people of color the more I read it, which really distracted from the porn.

“Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe also turned out to be a pretty lousy porno. There is only a couple of good gay sex scenes, but after that, it is just an honest coming of age story. I think if we are going to have “explicit porn” available to our high schoolers it should be traditional explicit porn, like Hustlers or Playboys, not this boring highbrow smut.

Ryan Wilson, Centerville

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