Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sex in YA Novels

I had to share this very well thought out blog post: Sex in YA: One Naive Mom's Opinion. Don't let the title fool you, she is not at all naive. This is one of the best blog posts I've read about the subject and inspires me all over again to try to do something about getting publishers to disclose sex, violence, and language in novels. Parental Book Reviews is a great site for revealing a book's content, but I don't want to stop and search the internet when I'm in the bookstore with a 4yo and infant trying to find something for their big brothers to read. Would any of you be willing to support some sort of petition for book disclosure or ratings, maybe on Facebook or through a blog?


  1. When I taught 8th grade, I desperately searched for a clean YA romance novel because all my girls read was Anita Stansfield! Outside of Mormon/Christian publishers it doesn't exist. I decided to let go of my issues with Mormon romance novels and just be happy they were reading something clean. But don't get me started on Twilight.

  2. I know (KNOW!) I'm in the minority on this, but no. I wouldn't. I don't really agree with the movie ratings, either, but they are at least more logical (to me) than book ratings. I think suggestion in book and suggestion in film is completely different. We had a discussion on my blog last year about this very thing and had very little support for ratings in books (all of us LDS, too, by the way). Variety of reasons, but mostly came down to 'who would rate and why' and realizing that it becomes more subjective than movies.

  3. It's gotten really bad but there are ways to find out content without allowing others to review it. I personally like making my own opinions. One can read reviews, scan through the book, samples on ereaders-- I very much dislike the sex that is everywhere in YA books but I think those who object to it should make their own ratings and not rely on some other entity to do so.

  4. Like Christina, I've learned to just stick to Mormon/Christian authors (though even then you can be surprised).

    But I would definitely love a "content disclosure" system. Ratings and age recommendations are useless because they're subjective. Just objectively list what's in the book and let people decide for themselves what they want to read. I'd suggest a model like www.kids-in-mind.com

  5. By the way, thank you for the link to the Parental Book Reviews. It's always great to have more resources!

  6. Thanks all for your comments. I agree that I don't want a reviewer to tell me a rating, but I think content disclosure would be easy and very helpful.
    I've also stuck with mostly Christian/LDS novels, but there is a lot more for women/girls in that genre than men. My boys are all readers so I know it's going to get tough to keep them reading only Christian/LDS.

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