A study by journalism students at the University of Alabama and The Anniston Star has revealed which books are most frequently asked to be banned in schools across the so-called Heart of Dixie. While the analysis is incomplete — some districts chose not to comply with requests for information — the findings are nevertheless disturbing, revealing that people often object to titles simply out of personal animus, even if those books have obvious intrinsic worth. (Moreover, it is highly likely that many librarians chose not to report book-ban requests, fearful of attracting unwanted attention from administrators.)
In keeping with the South's rising hostility to those members of the human species who have a uterus, one library moved to restrict access to a book that no seemingly sane person could seemingly call offensive:
Talladega hasn't had a challenge in the past three years. But in 2005, a B.B. Comer parent protested the presence of a pregnancy guide — Sheila Kitzinger's "Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth" — on library shelves....In the book challenge, the parent claimed the material showed “explicit drawings of how to make love while pregnant” and “pornographic pictures that should not be viewed by children.”
The school assembled a committee to review the book...[T]he committee agreed to keep the book, based on the reputation of its author and publisher and the committee's belief that the book did contain helpful information on the process of childbirth. Still, the committee did agree to move the book to a reference shelf, and restrict it so that only kids with parental permission could check it out.
That's a good: you wouldn't want young people to have access to information about safe sexual practices.