10. It upsets the writers what wrote the books.
9. It upsets the readers what want to read the books.
8. It makes the books cry and books are very sensitive.
7. If you really want people not to read a book, banning it will have the opposite effect.
6. If the content of a book offends you there are more effective ways to deal with your offendedness. Like, you know, engaging with it. Maureen Dowd’s columns frequently drive me spare, but I don’t try to get them banned, I argue against them.
5. Besides banning books does not make them go away. Just ask Chris Crutcher.
4. Banning books might make you feel like you’re in control, but it actually screams of lack of control. You think you can control input but you can’t. Banned books have a way of being passed around mightily and promoted during banned book week and gaining a whole other life they might not otherwise have had.
3. Banning books, you know, it kind of doesn’t encourage literacy. Last time I looked literacy was a good thing that goes hand in hand with increased life expectancy, education, living standards. Little stuff like that.
2. It’s a short step from banning books to wanting to burn ’em. People who burn books, well that is not company you want to keep.
1. Book banning clashes with everything in your wardrobe. Every. Single. Thing.