I Speak Loudly for SPEAK: Video

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After sharing many thoughts on the Wesley Scroggins wingnuttery here and here, I have a few more things to say today as part of Hot Topic Tuesday with The Contemps, specifically in defense of Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK.

(Cheers to fellow writer, friend, and Lighthouse faculty member Jennifer Itell, who introduced me to SPEAK several years ago as part of our young adult novel workshop curriculum. Jenny knows a kick ass book when she sees it, and thanks to her, so do I.)

Here’s what the Anderson’s bookshop sexy librarian and I have to say about SPEAK:

Hugs to all of you for your ongoing support and encouragement!

12 thoughts on “I Speak Loudly for SPEAK: Video

  1. Sarah- I wanted to let you know, that the controversy made the front page of the News-Leader (the same paper the editorial by Mr Scroggins was in). I’m linking to the online News-Leader, and the article is in the box at the top left. It has a quote from you and from Laurie Halse Anderson. It doesn’t say much…but it does give procedures the the Springfield School District takes when reviewing books. This is not the same district as Republic though. Republic is just a small town about 15 minutes outside of Springfield.

    I also wrote to the Superintedent as a concerned parent (my daughter attends kindergarten there) and I got a reply that said “Thank you for your letter”. That was it. Thought you’d want to know.

  2. Sarah, thanks for sharing your terrifying experience to show how important books like Speak are. I had a similar experience in college with a stalker, and I didn’t feel like I could speak out either. Girls need to feel ownership of their voices, and they need to be willing to fight for their rights. Books like Speak help, they really do, and they need to be available for them.

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  5. Sarah, That is such a horrible experience that you had to endure. Thank you so much for sharing it with us and for getting out a very powerful message. I am glad that there are people in the world like you.

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  7. Great The Contemps, Sarah! Just one request for the future: turn off the music in the background. It was loud/soft, as music is, but either I’m getting old or my speakers are teh suck b/c it was really hard to make out what you were saying when the music got loud.

    What I did hear was teh awesome! 🙂 thanks for continuing to Speak Loudly for girls who need voices. If I’d never found fiction writing, I definitely would never have had a voice. It was *WAY* worse in the 60s and 70s when I was growing up.

    I’m thrilled to see how far things have come but yeah, if there are still men who can get away with calling a rape scene pornography… *shudder* maybe you SHOULD sic your dad on him *hee hee*

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