‘Mommy porn’ trilogy under attack

It’s pure pulp, but library officials in three states have elevated the trilogy by E.L. James to banned-book status, a category that has included Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer:

Public libraries in several states are pulling the racy romance trilogy “Fifty Shades of Grey” from shelves or deciding not to order the best-seller at all, saying it’s too steamy or too poorly written.

Even in the age of e-books and tablets, banning a book from a public library still carries weight because libraries still play such a vital role in providing people access to books.

“When a book is removed from the shelf, folks who can’t afford a Nook or a Kindle, the book is no longer available to them,” said Deborah Caldwell Stone, the deputy director of the American Library Association’s office for intellectual freedom.

“Fifty Shades of Grey,” a novel about bondage, wild sex and yes, love, has been called “mommy porn” because of its popularity among middle-aged women. It has become so well-known that “Saturday Night Live” performed a skit about it, joking that a Kindle with “Fifty Shades” uploaded on it was the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

This week, the steamy books hold the top three spots on the New York Times best-seller list.

Libraries in Wisconsin, Georgia and Florida have all either declined to order the book or pulled it from shelves. Other states may soon follow.

5 thoughts on “‘Mommy porn’ trilogy under attack

  1. Gwinnett County, GA is famous for deciding what people should read, ask Larry Flynt. He took a bullet for it. (A great American and Patriot, IMHO.)
    But, Odd Man, this has only made this middle aged woman more curious. Too bad, I am not a Mommy. If I was I would love a Nook with this loaded on it just for giggles for Mommy’s Day.
    For now, I’ll just have to settle for my large print edition of “Tropic of Cancer” and Ana├»s Nin’s diaries….. ****Sigh****

  2. Ahhh. You had me at MommyPorn!

    Let’s all wish Michele a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY :::according to my tracking cookies:::

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