Books are an integral part of my banned fine art object collection. Banning books is a control method which has been employed over the centuries at national, state, and local levels. Churches, political groups, criminal justice institutions and educational systems have multiple viewpoints and everyone's opinion should be considered. This is my Top 10 List of why books are banned and it is the organizational method I use for my books. The titles used for the categories are terms I found in antiquarian novels and I didn't want them to get lost to the ages. The photos on the icons are taken from my tattoo portfolio.
Affront to God - These books have been banned for religious topics.
Most Controversial: The Holy Bible
Blackest of Bile - Books on this shelf have been banned for content dealing with death, mental health problems, and dark subject matter.
Childhood Favorite: Charlotte's Web
Cherchez La Femme - Books that were accused of being sexist or were banned for their feminist writings
Tested by Time: The Wizard of Oz By Frank L. Baum
Color of a Man's Skin - These books have been banned or challenged due to the use of ethnic slurs, the promotion of Black Nationalism, or references to slavery.
Tastiest Read: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Corrupted the King's Subjects - Books on this shelf have been accused of being pornographic or sexually explicit.
Best Illustrations: THE CURIOUS SOFA by Ogdred Weary / Edward Gorey
Mischief and Mayhem - These books have been deemed "inappropriate for age group" because of graphic violence, underage smoking and drinking, drug use, and other criminal activities.
Of Cursed Mouth - The items on this shelf have been banned or challenged because of their use of rough language.
Chart Topper for Porn, Gore and Cursing: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Presence of Witchcraft - Books are often banned because they include magic, the occult, or witchcraft themes.
Most Banned Book of the Entire 21st Century: Harry Potter
Threatens the System - Prisons ban books that are a security issue (violent, sexually explicit or include topics like social justice, prison reform and how-to instructions).
Guilty of godlessness, impiety, and corrupting the young - sentenced to death: Socrates