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Turkey: Children’s book deemed ‘obscene’ and have its distribution restricted

22 January 2021
Image: Parts of the book The Magical Rainbow / Susma Platformu on Twitter

 

3 January 2021: The Board of Protection of Minors from Obscene Publications announced the children’s book Storybook Series 3: I am reading too – Magical Rainbow, to be an obscene publication. The book can now be sold only to adults, handled in an envelope or bag indicating that it is “harmful for children”, reported Susma24.

The decision of the Board of Protection of Minors from Obscene Publications, which operates under the Ministry of Family, Labour, and Social Services states that the book “have characteristics that have might have a detrimental effect on the spiritual well-being and development of children under 18.”

Storybook Series 3: I am reading too – Magical Rainbow is about a boy named Yılmaz, who has a dream about him and his friend walking underneath the rainbow, which causes their sexes to change. When they walk underneath the rainbow again, they return to their original sexes.

According to Susma24, in their statement the Board of Protection of Minors from Obscene Publications alleges that the book might encourage gender change, cause children to question their sexual identity and that “[…] The book has the potential to harm children’s mental and emotional health and balanced development and have a detrimental effect on their personal development and spiritual well-being.’’

It is not the first time that children’s books have been facing criticism because of their content, with the recent complaint against the book series Feminist Alphabet about gender equality being accused of “promoting homosexuality”.

 

 

 

 

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