Ah, censorship. One of my favorite subjects.
This week The Daily Beast reported on a conflict between the Chicago Teacher's Union and Gabby Matthews, author of a new hot-for-teacher erotic story set during the Chicago teacher strike of 2012.
The news story, published on 8/14/15, states that at the time of writing, the book hadn't yet received any Amazon reviews. Today, three days later, two 4-star reviews have already gone up, and I'm curious how many more readers will be checking the book out in the wake of the controversy.
The Chicago Teacher's Union is requesting print copies of the book be recalled. I call that wishful thinking. Does censorship of erotic material ever work?
I'd love to be angry at the very thought of censorship demands. It's hard to be angry, though, when the moment any book is called out for censorship it's popularity immediately jumps. Working to censor literature of any genre only seems to broaden its reach.
What do you think? Are these calls for censorship likely to achieve what the teacher's union and their lawyers want? Or will Gabby Matthews be laughing all the way to the bank?