Judy Blume is who most girls turned to throughout the years to get through puberty. between “Freckle Juice” and “Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret,” Blume is considered to be the expert when it comes to girls and what they have to experience.
And it’s not uncommon for the book “Are You There God?” to be banned in libraries because it discusses periods. And the film adaptation is the same way.
Ron DeSantis doesn’t want such discussions to take place in schools. In fact, the Florida House has gone so far as to pass a bill that will prohibit school discussions of menstrual cycles prior to sixth grade.
Hmmm…many girls today get their periods in fourth and fifth grade, so not exactly ideal.
Judy Blume obviously doesn’t want to see her book banned or to see children lost because an important topic isn’t being discussed. But it’s also more personal for her since she actually lives in Florida.
What’s now being known as the “Don’t Say Period” bill (sound familiar?), the legislation is making waves.
Blume admitted that she lives in Key West, which she doesn’t like to consider Florida. In a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment, she explained, “I don’t know if he’s going to try to control what actually happens to them, because I have news for him: It’s going to happen whether he likes it or not.”
The hope is that the film adaptation of “Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret” will hope to be an educational experience for not only young women but also politicians who are afraid of what may be said in the classroom.
It’s one thing to not want to talk about sex in the classroom, but periods are a part of the female experience — and DeSantis may have to come to terms with that.