Jennifer O’Connell: Margaret Atwood is not the biggest threat to your children’s wellbeing

Yes, schools should be a safe place, as the callers to Liveline insisted. But safe does not mean sanitised

One of the books  identified as problematic by a caller to Liveline this week  is Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the TV series of which stars  Elisabeth Moss. Photograph: Sophie Giraud/Hulu

One of the books identified as problematic by a caller to Liveline this week is Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the TV series of which stars Elisabeth Moss. Photograph: Sophie Giraud/Hulu

I’m deeply suspicious of people who preface their arguments with “as a parent” or “as a mother” as though it confers on them some greater moral authority, a deeper capacity to appreciate the horrors of the world, or a finer grasp of reason and logic.

There was a lot of “as a parenting” on Liveline this week, as callers returned to one of our evergreen cultural flashpoints, the topic of dangerous books.

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