SJW YA Authors Object to 'Clean Teen' Fiction
It's tough to find a book for pre-teens and teens without graphic sex and violence. The "Young Adult" section, which is marketed to kids from nine to seventeen, is full of stuff most parents would not want their children reading about. Because of it, sites like Common Sense Media, where you can see what kind of content is in the books before you let your kid read them, are very popular with parents. Parents and kids rate the books according to how much violence, sex, drug use, mature themes, and the like are in them. Librarians and the American Library Association are staunchly opposed to anyone categorizing books by content and liken it to censorship. They're out of their minds. On one hand, they tell parents, "It's up to you to direct your child's reading," but they offer no help in actually doing that by their refusal to mark books that contain adult content. And now that some websites are answering parents' calls for innocent plotlines by offering "Clean Teen" selections, SJW authors, who think every child should have the sexual knowledge of Caligula, have their panties in a twist about it.
"If they're named 'Clean Teen' novels what are the rest called? 'Unwashed Teen' 'Trash Teen' 'Didn't shower after soccer practice Teen' 'Say three Hail Mary's in confessional Teen?'" said Zorri Cordova, a supposed author.
The far-left weirdos are never satisfied to corrupt their own children, they want your kids too. The American Library Association loves to take potshots at Common Sense Media. "These days, Common Sense Media’s initiatives contain a less than subtle paternalism based on the conviction that its values should control children’s learning experiences," wrote Joyce Johnston on the ALA's Intellectual Freedom Blog. They have no problem, however, controlling children's learning experiences with their far-left values. For a laughable example, check out ALA's LGBT initiatives.
Kendra Levin at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers observes that “the meaning of ‘clean teen’ can depend on the context, but within publishing houses, I think it’s most often used to describe a buffer zone between middle grade and mature YA—books specifically geared toward the younger end of the teen spectrum. You could also call this young teen and 12-and-up YA, as opposed to 14 and up.
This suggests that 14-year-olds are ready for the Roman orgies and coke parties that are depicted in the majority of YA fiction these days (and yes, I've read them). I don't know what planet these people are living on, but it's starting to get to me. What is wrong with Little House on the Prairie? Oh yeah, Laura Ingalls Wilder has been branded a racist.
I have an exercise I like to do just to keep up with YA. You should try it sometime if you think that authors who write for young kids are decent people. I walk into a library and go to the teen section and randomly select books off the shelves. They look innocent enough, but thirty seconds into flipping through and scanning (and sometimes on the very first page I open) I find sex, swearing, and degeneracy that most adults couldn't even imagine. It's 90% garbage.
There’s a need for YA novels without risqué content, because of course there are loads of bright young readers who read up, and parents of these kids don’t want to worry about their children encountering difficult content before they’re ready,” says Anne Heltzel, executive editor at Abrams’s Amulet imprint. “For those precocious elementary school kids who have aged out of middle grade and are hungry for something more challenging, these are perfect.”
Shouldn't the majority of books for tweens and teens be non-offensive? There's a need for non-degenerate content because almost no one writes it anymore. You'll never believe why. Young adult authors are writing for adults who can't seem to grow up and head for the adult section of the library.
Levin at S&S says that the spike in popularity of YA fiction among adults has changed the market landscape and “allowed teen fiction to stretch in so many wonderful ways—in sophistication, in subject matter.” But, she adds, “an unfortunate side effect has been that, as so much YA fiction has scooched up toward that adult audience, much of it is no longer meeting the needs of younger teens who may not be ready or interested in reading about older teen characters who act more like 20-somethings.” Anecdotally, she has heard from many parents of young teens that their kids “already feel so much pressure from the world around them—from current events, social media, the school environment—that they look to fiction as a real escape, a place where the stakes can be low and the consequences can be gentle. I think there are many teen readers out there looking for the experience that clean teen can offer.”
To all the snarky YA authors on Twitter complaining about parents and kids who just want to read a good story and not be initiated into the world of thruples, weird sex games, and non-binary furry fetishes: shut up. Write your disgusting, poorly-written propaganda books and sell your sexual degeneracy to unfortunate children whose parents can't be bothered to care about what they read. Leave the rest of us alone. You will not shame us into letting our kids read your garbage books.
Megan Fox is the author of “Believe Evidence; The Death of Due Process from Salome to #MeToo.” Follow on Twitter @MeganFoxWriter