Self-censorship is something that is passed on to us by our teachers, librarian, family, and friends. Teachers tell us we aren’t allowed to read things like Speak by … Books that contain taboo ideas are not as widely given to children as others. Librarians don’t always steer you in the direction of the books that are on subjects like suicide, rape, and other touchy subjects. We try to fit in with what everyone else is doing. Self-censorship is something that we establish subconsciously. My parents shaped my self-censorship from a young age. I felt guilty reading things that I thought they wouldn’t approve of. My parents did not like me to read the Harry Potter books and I still never have.
With age my comfort zone has grown. I am willing to start reading about anything. If I ever don’t feel comfortable reading something all I have to do is stop. I haven’t read anything recently that I had to put down. When I was in high school I read a few books that I chose not to finish.
My comfort zone is different from what I am okay with reading and what I am okay with sharing. I am comfortable reading a lot more than I am comfortable sharing. It is hard for me to share anything that I have written. I feel more vulnerable sharing.
I think that there is a lot to be learned from books with issues that are usually not given to students. Taboo things should be talked about in classes. No definite answer has to be decided upon and probably shouldn’t be. It is important to get out of our comfort zones sometimes in order for us to grow.
reflect on issues raised in the self censorship article and your own reading comfort zone