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Feb. 18th, 2007 @ 07:17 am Stupidity
A Newberry Award winning book is being banned from elementary school libraries because it contains the word "scrotum."

This is the stupidest thing I've heard all week, and I've heard lots. It's a body part, people! If people are unable to tell kids the proper names for their body parts (or in this case, it was a body part of a dog that sustained a rattlesnake bite), well, I just don't know how people expect their kids to function in life. I truly don't.

So, I've decided the most mature way for me to handle this is to make today Talking About Body Parts Day.

Scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum scrotum.

There, now I feel better.

And I can assure you that my three-year-old knows what and where his scrotum is.
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From:jeregenest
Date:February 18th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
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Its like double jeopardy for that author. Get a Newbery and get nation wide press. Her publisher must be ecstastic.
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From:melissagay
Date:February 18th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
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Heh-- indeed! Can't beat indignant NY Times coverage!
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From:rangerlyn
Date:February 18th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm...sounds just like the late 70's, when they tried to ban "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret".

And the stupid mother in Gwinnett Co. trying to get the Harry Potter books banned.

These people apparently never learned how to use the brains they were given.
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From:melissagay
Date:February 18th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
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Exactly. And thus they should have them eaten by zombies.
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From:mekkasimian
Date:February 19th, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)
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OR ZOMBIE CLOWNS!

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From:moon1
Date:February 18th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
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In the 80's my high school ( Oak Mt. Academy ) was a college prep school with a twist. We were very unconventional and reading material was available to anybody who was mature enough to handle it. Teachers would assign books to read based on the individual's ability and need to know. Seeing the direction I was headed( I got found in the closet with girls more than once ) I most often got books about "a girls first time", drugs, etc... " catcher in the rye" oh ya and " once and future king". Needless to say it was a very open environment.

Sad thing by the late 80's after I had long graduated the prudes came in and tried to clean house. The end result was a split in the school body and administration. The school in the woods where Pagans,Jews, Muslims,and Christians learned in peace became a battle ground for the students soul by the southern baptist. Halloween was cancelled and books where trashed (felt like a witch burning). I went back as alumni pres to discover many of the enlightening titles I read as a teen had been mysteriously removed from the higher shelves in the formal library.
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From:melissagay
Date:February 18th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
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Lame. I want my child to be Educated about the things he's likely to get involved in before he decides to learn by trial and error! Especially when an "error" might result in drug addiction, pregnancy, or Aids! When will these people realize they are not doing their kids any favors by censoring their reading? (Oh, wait-- probably never!)
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From:shiffer
Date:February 19th, 2007 09:30 am (UTC)
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On the upside, your son is unlikely to become pregnant any time soon.
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From:melissagay
Date:February 19th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Not until he's at least five.
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From:logrusboy
Date:February 18th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
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But...but...it's an established fact that the only effective way to keep kids from having sex is not to let them know what to call the naughty bits! If you're gonna go getting your filthy knowledge all over the place, at least have the decency to be ashamed of yourself!!

Scrotum.
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From:melissagay
Date:February 19th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
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Right! Let 'em grow up callin' em hoohas and dingleberries like we did, and look how we turned out!

Scrotum.
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From:logrusboy
Date:February 19th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
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*shudder*

Scrotum.
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From:sunshinedew
Date:February 20th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
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I love dingleberries...one of my favorites.
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From:saraphina_marie
Date:February 18th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
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Yikes! How lame.

It seems that the more "advanced" and "intelligent" humans as a species gets...there is always some backlash to drag us back into the primordial ooze.

KEEPING YOUR KIDS AS IGNORANT AS YOU ARE DOES NOT NEGATE EVOLUTION SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO BELIEVE IN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Possibly unrelated...but those who fight hardest to ban all those books usually do so because they have only ever read one book in their entire existences.
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From:melissagay
Date:February 19th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
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And a confusing book with a sloppy narrative, at that!
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From:saraphina_marie
Date:February 19th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Not to mention the continuity errors, inconsistencies, and straight-up hypocrisies!
A good book, but one of many, many good books out there in the world.

AND it mentions many many worse things than "scrotum"!
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From:mekkasimian
Date:February 18th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
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PASSED ON IN MEKKASIMIAN-JOURNAL!

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From:melissagay
Date:February 19th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Hooray!!! Glad you're helping to spread the Word. =)
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From:dmarley
Date:February 19th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
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Ms. Nilsson, reached at Sunnyside Elementary School in Durango, Colo., said she had heard from dozens of librarians who agreed with her stance. “I don’t want to start an issue about censorship,” she said. “But you won’t find men’s genitalia in quality literature.”

I--I--I'm just not gonna go there...
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From:melissagay
Date:February 19th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
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The ignorancccccce, it burnsssssssssss!!!
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From:saraphina_marie
Date:February 19th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
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Oh puh-LEEEEEEZE!

Lady, I know where else you won't find any men's genitalia.
Just sayin'....
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From:thewordoffred
Date:February 19th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
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I don't blame the teachers or the librarians here. These are people afraid for thier jobs. None of they would dare say 'we won't get this book because some parents are small minded and crazy' but that is probably how a lot of them feel. They know that once the kids go home and tell Mom and Pop Conservative that they learned a new word today, the lynchings would begin.

I love how the author says Lucky enjoys the sound of the word. it is a cool word. Say it with me: Scrotum. It should be used more often. Maybe we could incorporate it into our slanguage.

"Man, that is so scrotum!"
"Are you trying to scrotum me?"
"Then the band kicked in, and then the fireworks, then everything just went scrotum!"
"These aren't just any nachos, these are Scrotumtastic nachos!"
"I thought I could do it, but I realized I was just out of my scrotum."
"To err is human, to forgive is scrotum"
"You bet your scrotum I did!"
"Duuuude! Scrooootum!"
"Amazing! Wonderful! Stupendous! Scrotumlicious!"