GLSEN Book List Contains Material Inappropriate for Children
According to "Breaking: Obama's 'Safe Schools Czar' Is Promoting Child Porn in the Classroom–Kevin Jennings and the GLSEN Reading List," by Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit, 4 December 2009, GLSEN has a list of "books that GLSEN’s directors think all kids should be reading: gay kids should read them to raise their self-esteem, and straight kids should read them in order to become more aware and tolerant and stop bullying gay kids":
Book after book after book contained stories and anecdotes that weren’t merely X-rated and pornographic, but which featured explicit descriptions of sex acts between pre-schoolers; stories that seemed to promote and recommend child-adult sexual relationships; stories of public masturbation, anal sex in restrooms, affairs between students and teachers, five-year-olds playing sex games, semen flying through the air.
Providing Notice is Simple, as GLSEN Illustrates
Be that as it may, this sentence from the story is revealing: "Note: GLSEN does advise adults to 'review content for suitability.'"
Providing notice is very simple, as GLSEN illustrates in the link, a graphic from which is at right, but the ALA refuses to do this simple act.
As I have said before:
Perhaps worse, no notice whatsoever is provided as to the content containing x-rated material and otherwise being pervasively vulgar. The problem here is the ALA, not the book or the author. The ALA awards a pervasively vulgar book containing an x-rated section for kids twelve and up, does not provide notice as to the x-rated contents or the vulgarity, and knows its lists are used as gold standards nationwide for promoting books to children. That is the problem.How true. And GLSEN shows just how simple it is to provide such notice, red emphasis in original:
All BookLink items are reviewed by GLSEN staff for quality and appropriateness of content. However, some titles for adolescent readers contain mature themes. We recommend that adults selecting books for youth review content for suitability. The editorial and customer reviews listed at Amazon.com often provide information on mature content.
Example of Effect of Lack of Notice
Here is an example of what happens when an ALA-awarded book containing oral sex is promoted without notice of the contents:
Printz Award. It is obviously the reason the store chose that book for a prime spot—evidencing the desired effect of the award, namely, broadest possible exposure. "Lara unbuttoned my pants and pulled my boxers down a little and pulled out my penis. .... And then she wrapped her hand around it and put it into her mouth." That got the top award in 2006 with absolutely no notice as to such content. Then it ended up in a grocery store checkout aisle at child eye height next to Bob the Builder, as the above picture shows. And there is a child nearby. I personally got the author to admit he wouldn't even give his own award-winning book to his own 12 year old if he had one.
Demand for ALA to Provide Notice to Parents
It is time people demand notice from the ALA similar to the notice GLSEN provided.
I call on the ALA here and now to provide notice in its book lists and awards of potentially inappropriate material for children. If GLSEN can do it, so can the ALA.