My wife came home from the Harford County Public Library (HCPL) after looking for something to read and told me, “You’ll never guess what I found – they have Fifty Shades of Grey! I thought they banned that.” And off I went to Google…
Sure enough, there it was, on HCPL website in the EBook section, they in fact had the whole trilogy (3 books) available. But aren’t EBooks, Books?
After more Googling, I found that the Library Director, Ms. Mary Hastler had in fact determined that Fifty Shade of Grey was “pornographic” and had prevented its circulation at HCPL. Something which she proclaimed loudly to a national audience and for which she received much press.
Now I ask myself, if the written word on a page is pornographic to the eyes/mind, aren’t the same written words pornographic to the ear/mind??? How can you ban a book, but then distribute it as an EBook?
Doesn’t this by Ms. Hastler’s own definition make her a pornographer (one who distributes pornography) and a first class hypocrite? As they say, “The Empress has no clothes” – and that is true managerial pornography…