I have a bit of a conundrum, which I hope I can get some help/insight from.
My brother, who is 8 years younger than me, is in 11th grade in an american based international school. He is doing IB which is similar to AP/A levels.
For his advanced English class, the book "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood is being used as a comparative to George Orwell's 1984.
Now I love novels, and books/literature of all kinds, and I love English class as well, so I read everything my 3 little sibs bring home.
Here is a short excerpt about the book
The Handmaid's Tale is set in the near future in the Republic of Gilead, a country formed within the borders of what was formerly the United States of America. It was founded by a racist, male chauvinist, nativist, theocratic-organized military coup as an ideologically driven response to the pervasive ecological, physical and social degradation of the country.
Beginning with a staged terrorist attack (blamed on Islamic extremist terrorists) that kills the President and most of Congress, a movement calling itself the "Sons of Jacob" launched a revolution and suspended the United States Constitution under the pretext of restoring order.
Taking advantage of electronic banking, they were quickly able to freeze the assets of all women and other "undesirables" in the country, stripping them of their rights. The new theocratic military dictatorship, styled "The Republic of Gilead", moved quickly to consolidate its power and reorganize society along a new militarized, hierarchical, compulsorily Christian regime of Old Testament-inspired social and religious orthodoxy among its newly created social classes
Basically the book is about the oppression and subjugation of women, especially sexually. The story shows that beneath all the new rules and regulations, a secret "opposing" society exists -- but mainly just for sexual release.
There are a few really graphic scenes in this novel, which I am totally not comfortable with having my brother read.
My question is this: Is it appropriate for me to contact the teacher/school counselor/principal and asking them to remove this book from the syllabus?
Being an American-curriculum based school I am guessing my viewpoint will be countered with arguments of censorship, openess, discovering other societies, expressing ones self, pushing boundaries, etc etc, the usual arguments saying that I am a close minded adult who is overly protective, followed up with examples of books that were considered immoral but are now part of "everyday" classes like Huckleberry Finn.
My argument is, I dont have a problem with the book, I am not trying to get it banned, I just dont see why its a MUST for minors to read it.
I am sorry my thoughts are all over the place, I am just thinking a lot and I dont want to make any rash decisions that I will regret.