The writing blog of James Christopher Sheppard. I am a 26 year old gay male from London, UK. Here I present my experiences, poems, thoughts and opinions...

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Wednesday, 13 April 2011


Heroin. Possibly the most ironically named drug, and regarded as the most lethal and addictive substance out there. I'm currently reading 'Junk' by Melvin Burgess, the controversial book published in the mid 90s with an intended teenage audience. Reading the book has brought up several questions- how much information should be presented to young teens? Is more information better, or should we 'protect' them for as long as possible? Surely keeping impressionable teens in the dark is more of a risk than informing them of the realities out there? Who gets to decide who censors what? Does being a parent automatically qualify you to decide what is suitable for another human being to know? When we are all progressing at different rates, who decides what is appropriate for us and when?

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