We, as a people, are against gun violence, but our stories, particularly video, are replete with unrepentant gun violence.
A popular show has a female teacher “involved” with a 15-year-old boy student. No consequences except loss of job, whereas if the genders were reversed, that teacher would be in jail.
The normalization of teen sex.
All of these things are things we should be against, even the last one, though some aren’t.
I firmly believe any subject can be written about, however immoral things should not be normalized, glorified, or gratuitous/graphic.
There are pervs in this world who think all the above things are just ducky. Pervs will be pervs and 1st Amendment rights cover even them to a degree.
But as a writer, and a reader, be true to your better angels. Sometimes you need to listen to outer angles, too, when yours are silent or flat out wrong.
Not every book should be a moral teacher, but by the end of the book, you should be in accord with your beliefs and principles. That doesn’t mean, if you’re a Christian, Muslim, Jew, et al, that every book of yours must preach your religion. I’d suggest it shouldn’t go against the tenets you believe in, though.
Do you agree or disagree? Discuss.