Essay by Brad Miska`High School, 10th grade April 1997

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CENSORSHIP...Who gives a F**k!!!

My life has been nothing but censorship since the time I was born. When I was very young and lived in Chicago there were all sorts of interesting things around to play with. My parents physically censored me by putting me in 'baby prison.' They felt that certain things needed to be censored from me because of their potential danger. So I was kept out of harms way in the playpen or crib. As I grew older and was no longer watched by my parents 24 hours a day, I realized that I was censored by others. In school, it was constantly no to this and no to that. All that negativity is not good for children, all day long. It was always interesting to me as to why we recited the pledge of allegiance in school, what if you are not American? I also was not allowed to watch the news.

My parents felt it was 'real violence', and not appropriate for me, that was parental censorship. When I was old enough to go out with my friends I became confused when my parents said I could see an 'PG-13' rated movie but the theater wouldn't let me in. When I argued that 'my parents said I could go see it!!', the theater management always said things like I need to be 13 or must be accompanied by a parent and so on. I then proposed this question, my parents said I could see it, now why can't I see it? The answer to that question is the government doesn't think I am old enough. My mom said live with it, there is nothing you can do. I think that

My life has been nothing but censorship since the time I was born. When I...