Of course I'm not surprised that there are parents stupid enough to want to prevent their children learning the proper names for body parts, but they (and their kids) are to be pitied because they actually strive for ignorance. But librarians? Striving for ignorance? From the New York Times:
“This book included what I call a Howard Stern-type shock treatment just to see how far they could push the envelope, but they didn’t have the children in mind,” Dana Nilsson, a teacher and librarian in Durango, Colo., wrote on LM_Net, a mailing list that reaches more than 16,000 school librarians. “How very sad.”What I think is "sad" is that there are now librarians so eager to nip literacy in the bud. "Scrotum" is "Howard Stern-type shock treatment"? Really?
The book has already been banned from school libraries in a handful of states in the South, the West and the Northeast, and librarians in other schools have indicated in the online debate that they may well follow suit. Indeed, the topic has dominated the discussion among librarians since the book was shipped to schools.
Wow. If that's not sad then nothing is.