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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

It's time to say, 'Whoa, Bob' on sex books in the school library

The "most banned book in the country," a graphic novel called Gender Queer, includes a page that depicts "a moment in which the protagonist and a partner experiment with a strap-on dildo,"

writes Kat Rosenfield, a culture writer and novelist, in the Boston Globe. The page, which can't be shown on TV due to obscenity regulations, depicts a sex act that the Globe's editorial standards will not allow her to name. She provides a hint. "It rhymes with 'who, bob'."

Maia Kobabe describes buying a vibrator in "Gender Queer."

Parents who object to Gender Queer and other sexually explicit books are frequently accused of hatred and bigotry, Rosenfield writes. "A council member in Montgomery County, Md., publicly described Muslim families who were protesting mandatory LGBTQ-related curriculum in their local elementary school as ideologically aligned with “white supremacists and outright bigots.” Name-calling doesn't work, writes Rosenfield. She worries about a new Gallup poll that shows a rightward shift on social issues.

"Organizing third-graders into racially segregated affinity groups, deriding things like literacy and punctuality as “white supremacy culture,” enabling the social transitioning by teachers of gender-questioning children without their parents’ knowledge" are eroding trust in liberal-dominated institutions, she writes. "First you lose trust. Then you lose elections."

Fairfax County, Virginia surveyed the community on plans to mix boys and girls in sex-ed classes in grades starting in fourth grade, reports Nick Minock for 7News. More than 84 percent said "no," as did teachers (100 to 14) and students (60-20).

Superintendent Michelle Reid said, "The majority doesn't always dictate."

Co-ed classes make it easier to deal with transgender or non-binary students.

Plans are for boys to be called “assigned males at birth” and girls “assigned females at birth,” parents complained. Many wrote on the survey that they didn't want gender lessons.

In 10th grade, boys and girls would watch a PBS video, which states:

“We do have different body parts. But . . . in addition to girl parts [and] boy parts, there are also people who have different parts or intermediate parts or people who do not fit in a traditional binary gender system of male or female. There are people who are trans or people who don’t have a gender.”

Doesn't this confuses biology with gender? What percentage of people have "different" or "intermediate" body parts?


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