The novel on which Kristen Stewart’s movie, Speak, is based has been labeled “soft porn” by a citizen of Republic, Missouri. Writing in the Springsfield News Leader, Wes Scroggins, an associate professor of Management at Missouri State University in Springfield, advocates that the book be withdrawn from the local high school’s curriculum.
"In high school English classes, children are required to read and view material that should be classified as soft pornography. One such book is called Speak. They also watch the movie," writes Prof. Scroggins.
Prof. Scroggins also objects to Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse Five and another novel called Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler and would like to see these withdrawn as well.
An editor’s note to Prof. Scroggins’s op-ed piece, “Filthy Books Demeaning to Springfield Education,” states that Slaughterhouse Five has already been removed from the curriculum and Twenty Boy Summer is under review, per the school district’s standard procedure in handling books challenged by parents.