Monday, August 15, 2005

Fayetteville Book Battle: Porn in the School Library

By Debbie Pelley (click "comments" below for article).

9 Comments:

Blogger Debbie Pelley said...

The author of two books that Laurie Taylor challenged at the Fayetteville, AR elementary school library has endorsed a book based on the premise "Sex is a wonderful, crucial part of growing up, and children and teens can enjoy the pleasures of the body and be safe, too." The title of this book is HARMFUL TO MINORS: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex, hereafter referred to by later part of the title.

In Robie Harris's It's Perfectly Normal, the first book Taylor challenged, there are 55 nude pictures with a centerfold containing 20 naked pictures, pp 20-21. This book describes oral and anal sex acts in graphic, explicit terms. On p 48, the author says "Masturbating is perfectly normal," details how it is done, and shows two pictures of a boy and a girl masturbating. There is one shocking picture of a fully naked man and woman engaged in sexual intercourse, p.14 . Remember, this book is designed for children 3rd to 6th grade. See www.wpaag for this picture & others.

Several other prominent authors have also endorsed the Peril of Protecting Children from Sex by Levine. From reading lengthy passages from these challenged books at Fayetteville, it is evident that many of the authors share Levine's philosophy as stated in the Library Journal Review of Levine's book: "Instead of overreaction and overprotection, adults need to saturate their children's world with ...information and images of love and sex, including sexual pleasure."

Deal With It , on Taylor's list of challenged books, contains numerous passages teaching young girls how to engage in every perverse sexual act ever imagined, treating it as though it is all normal and acceptable. This book was yanked off the shelves of New York City's 371 schools in 2003 just before school started.

Laurie Taylor has given us a wake up call. If we fail to heed it, I truly believe that the "outing of the pedophile" will be the next genre of books being challenged. The American Library Association lists the Peril of Protecting Children From Sex on their young adult book list. The Man/Boy Love Ass. (NAMBLA), whose goal is to end the oppression of men and boys in consensual relationships, lauds this "Winner of the 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize" by Levine. Clintons Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsberg supported legislation to lower the age of consent law to age 12. And Clinton's US Surgeon General wrote the foreword to the book, Perils of Protecting Children from Sex! It is later than you think!!!

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Documentation:

1. Link to the quote in the review of Harmful to Minors in first paragraph "Sex is a wonderful, crucial part of growing up, and children and teens can enjoy the pleasures of the body and be safe, too by the . University of Minnesota Press http://www.upress.umn.edu/Books/L/levine_harmful.html

Another link: http://www.theconservativevoice.com/articles/article.html?id=7377#

2. Link to statement in first paragraph above that author of It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris endorsed Harmful to Minors Amazon.com book reviews. "The book parents, teachers, and health professionals need to educate our children that most things about sex are normal." Robie Harris

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/0816640068/ref=dp_proddesc_0/103-2477572-9321450?%5Fencoding=UTF8&n=283155

3. It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris was the first book challenged by Laurie Taylor at the Fayetteville elementary library. This is common knowledge,, having been reported in numerous articles and newspapers. see www.wpaag.org at this link , http://www.wpaag.org/Books%20-%20Pornographic%20in%20Sch.%20Library.htm

4.Quote from Library Journal Review in 2nd paragraph above found at this link http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0816640068/qid=1123863002/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-2477572-9321450?v=glance&s=books

5. Other Authors' Praise of Harmful to Minors - All at this link: http://www.upress.umn.edu/HarmfultoMinorspraise.html

(a)"Judith Levine's careful and well-documented book says something very important: that children are sexual beings, Sharon Lamb, author of The Secret Lives of Girls Waht Good Girls Really Do-Sex Play, Aggression, and Their Guilt
(b) "Sharp, extraordinarily informed, and wittily incisive . . . This is a major book, far and away the most wide-ranging, well-informed, and judicious we have on the subject. Levine's wisdom is compelling—James Kincaid, author of Erotic Innocence: The Culture of Child Molesting

(c) "A much needed contribution to the discussion about children's sexuality, adult fears and irrationality about it, and the moral, political, and public health risks of failing to confront ...children's erotic desires and needs. Levine makes a compelling case...celebrating such desires and needs is essential.. for everyone who lives here-including those under 18. . . . An exceptionally smart and readable book." —Debbie Nathan, coauthor (with Michael Snedeker) of Satan's Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt

(d) This [Harmful to Minors] is an important book - one that debunks much of the current mythology about child abuse. Charlotte Vale Allen, author of Daddy's Girl found on the back cover of the book and can be viewed on Amazon.com at this link. http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/1560255161/ref=sib_rdr_bc/103-2477572-9321450?%5Fencoding=UTF8&p=S09U&j=0#reader-page

6. Book yanked off New York City Schools in 4th paragraph in New York Post online editon: http://www.plan2succeed.org/nypost-citys_ed_boobs13oct03by_carl_campanile.htm

7. Harmful to Minors Listed on American Library Association young adult reading list. http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/electronicresourcesb/YABibliography2003.pdf , on page 12.

8. (NAMBLA), North America Man/Boy Love Association lauds Levine's Harmful to Minors. http://216.220.97.17/levine.htm "Our goal is to end the oppression of men and boys who have freely chosen, mutually consensual relationships." Top right hand side o of NAMBLA's home page at this link: http://216.220.97.17/ (Link to article lauding Levine's book is also on bottom of home page.)

9. Winner of the 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize - On front cover of Harmful to Minors. Front cover can be viewed on Amazon.com at this address: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/1560255161/ref=sib_rdr_fc/103-2477572-9321450?%5Fencoding=UTF8&p=S001&j=0#reader-page - Levine and her publisher deserve the highest praise for launching a necessary overdue debate one of the most stubborn taboos of our era. Judges, current Interest category of the 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. See back cover of book at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/1560255161/ref=sib_rdr_bc/103-2477572-9321450?%5Fencoding=UTF8&p=S09U&j=0#reader-page

10. Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Reducing the Age of Consent to 12. Ginsburg had recommended legislative changes that would reduce the age of consent for statutory rape under federal law from 16 to 12. For an article where a skeptic researched this and found it to be true. http://volokh.com/posts/1104181917.shtml - see first two paragraphs.

Also National Review Magazine (online) http://www.nationalreview.com/whelan/whelan200507260753.asp

11. "A vitally important book." —from the foreword by Dr. Joycelyn M. Elders Praise for Harmful to Minors http://www.upress.umn.edu/HarmfultoMinorspraise.html Also see front cover of the book.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/1560255161/ref=sib_rdr_fc/103-2477572-9321450?%5Fencoding=UTF8&p=S001&j=0#reader-page

10:39 PM, August 15, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For days I have been watching this piece to see how many would voice either a positive or negative reaction. Until this posting, none have.

Do we not understand what Debbie has said? Do we not understand the seriousness of such diabolical books in the hands of school children? Are we afraid to become embroiled in a controversy?

For my part, I cannot understand the Superintendent of Fayetteville schools lacking either the brains or the guts to remove such ink-ilk!
What does he think the word "superintendent" means?

For my part, I cannot understand school librarians allowing such trash in the library! Do they have no sense? or are they, too, afraid?

For my part, I cannot understand a Board of Education sitting idly by, taking no action against these
decadent writings. What on Earth does this Board of Education envision as its responsibilities?

Maybe...just maybe we have a superintendent and librarians and a school board that finds agreement with trashy tomes that encourage teens and pre-teens to engage in scurrilous activities. If any of the above be true, then the people should rise up enmass and REPLACE those who are neglecting the duties for which they were elected and/or employed.

If those who are supposedly "in charge" will not take charge, they should be charged and changed. As for parents, their children would be far better off in private or homeschool environments, shut away from the elements that poison the society in which we all live.

7:40 AM, August 20, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laurie Taylor found SHOCKING, sexual explicit books in her elementary and middle school libraries at Fayetteville, Arkansas – I couldn’t applaud Ms. Taylor more!!!

When I discovered what I considered to be a pornographic video shown in my daughter's "advanced" biology classroom, it was covered up by school personnel. I was told I was the only one to complain. I was ostracized for voicing strident objections to the video. Parents are constantly told by schools "We need parental involvement" but when a parent gets involved in the way I did, they want you to GO AWAY. I researched the video (and the teacher who showed it). GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation) gave it an award for Outstanding TV Journalism.
As a parent of a 14/15 year old, I was horrified and angered that a teacher would take such liberties WITHOUT NOTIFYING ANY PARENTS SHE WAS SHOWING SUCH A VIDEO!

Here: http://www.endteacherabuse.org/Sanders.html is the link to the whole story.

The show was taped from the teacher’s television set from the Discovery Channel. It was called “Is it a Boy or a Girl?” and is about gender reassignment surgery. It focuses on children born with ‘ambiguous genitalia’. It was actually a freak show designed to desensitize young teens and promote homosexuality.

The video uses specific and anatomically correct language when referring to sexual body parts, and seeks to implant in young minds the idea that homosexuality is just a different ‘orientation’.

The right of parents to have a say in what their children are exposed to in a public school setting are being methodically and maliciously eroded away. I am behind Laurie 1000% on this and I hope she absolutely nails these librarians and school officials to the wall!

6:22 PM, August 25, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Mike Masterson had a good article on it today. He still does not go far enough though. The problem is that people who want to hold onto the idea of ultimate moral relativism can't bring themselves to state the simple truth. This stuff is wrong. It is wrong and therefore responsible people in a community can make a determination that no ones children should be subjected to the risks of expousure in an institution that is supported by the community. Liberals hyper-ventilate about "banning ideas" as if all ideas were inheirently noble, or that it is "wrong" to say that some ideas are less noble than others.

A flawed view of moral reality leads to an inablility to advocate sound policy.

8:54 PM, August 25, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really disgusting . Really .

1:35 PM, August 27, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe folks should pay more attention to their own family values and quit trying to tell others how to live and what to think?

WASHINGTON COUNTY The following divorces were recorded
in the circuit clerk’s office from Aug. 25 to Aug. 31.

FILED 2005-1789. Laurie Lee Taylor v. Mark R. Taylor.

12:44 PM, September 04, 2005  
Anonymous Harvey Edwards for State Representative Dist 14 said...

Dear anonymous, you have a good intellectual argument for anything immoral, I Sin and I say, as it was once said whoever is without sin , cast the first stone. Just like illegal means illegal, immoral means immoral, no justifications will cut it.

10:31 PM, September 10, 2005  
Anonymous Harvey Edwards for State Representative dist 14 said...

Sorry I used the term Anonymous incorrectly. I will clarify. I meant it towards the folks who would support such books being in our Libraries. I applaud the removal of immoral filth and those who fight the battle.

10:36 PM, September 10, 2005  
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