Censorship is alive and well in Easton, PA.
I have a good friend who’s also a great writer, Kathy Kulig. Kathy happens to write “hot” – hot stories in the hot genre of the time, erotica. In fact I’ve lost count of the number of books Kathy’s written for Ellora’s Cave, one of the top eBook and print publishers of romantica (Ellora’s Cave term for romance and erotica).
Kathy happens to live in an older neighborhood of Easton, the West Ward. She and her husband, Joe, have spent years fixing up one of the neighborhood’s older homes, trying to make the area more beautiful.
Easton recently allocated money to the West Ward to develop, print and distribute its own community newspaper. Note that the area already has one of those in The Easton Irregular which has been in production for years but this paper was to be dedicated to the people of this one neighborhood.
A West Ward reporter interviewed Kathy and the article was printed several months ago. There were no “bad” words and no sensual scenes from one of her books–just a story about a fairly successful author who lived in this lovely Easton neighborhood.
Well, now it seems that Easton’s mayor, Sal Panto, wants to withdraw the paper’s funding, partly because of the article about Kathy. “Children could have seen it.” Well, Mr. Mayor children could have seen the articles in the Morning Call or the Express-Times about the pedophiles and murderers in their town. This was an article about a woman who was writing about love and sex.
Oh, wait! I GET it. Love, sex and a woman.
Maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad if it had been horror (like I frequently write) or murder with blood and gore or if the writer had been MALE?
Mr. Mayor, sex is a part of life. Writers write about life; therefore, we write about sex.
No, Mr. Mayor, I guess it’s a lot better to show our children that if you pay to have a newspaper, then you can dictate what is written in that newspaper. I hear Fox News is on the line for you.
As for children seeing it: I had a child. I didn’t censor what she saw. If she had questions about something, I answered them. She turned out okay.
BTW: I had an erotic novella published a few years ago. I wasn’t nearly as brave as Kathy. I used a pen name.
Kathy Kulig: You rock the West Ward. You’re an inspiration for all of us “scribbling women”. You go, girl.
Mr. Mayor: Get a life and clean up the city instead of censoring a neighborhood paper.
BTW: You can get Kathy’s books at: http://www.amazon.com/Kathy-Kulig/e/B002PKEOSW/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1362339970&sr=1-2-ent