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Banned Book Review: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret

January 31, 2006

This far down on the list, it’s getting harder to obtain the books at a reliable time.  So I’ve decided to tell my OCD to go to hell, and I’m just going to post what I’ve got instead of trying to do them in order.

62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Reason:  Challenged for sexual grounds including sexual development.

This is code for MENSTRUATION.  And PUBERTY.  Because we don’t want our girls to learn about PUBERTY or MENSTRUATION.  Because they are GROSS and SINFUL.
Margaret is a young girl on the verge of young womanhood whose family moves from the big city to the suburbs.  Margaret gets involved with a new group of friends, learns how to use a menstrual pad belt, and agonizes over her flat chest.  The terms are a little dated (I remember wondering why on earth a belt was needed to wear a pad), but otherwise the book is very topical.  Maragret even learns why you shouldn’t listen to nasty rumors.  There is also some controversy over the fact that Margaret is raised by one Catholic parent and one Jewish parent.  Maragret’s explorations of religion aren’t very deep, but some of her insights about the similarities of religions are.

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