Saturday, July 30, 2016

Librarians Allow Kids to Borrow BDSM Erotica

Librarians defend allowing kids to borrow "erotic BDSM novels" without parental knowledge/consent after the question arises in the context of an eleven year old girl:

From a small library: We don't have an age policy on books, since they aren't rated like movies. We have some common sense, of course, and ask parents if their children can check out questionable books if the parent is there. 
The question right now is: What do we do when an 11 year old wants to read The Sleeping Beauty quartet by Ann Rice (A. N. Roquelaure)? 
They aren't 50 Shades of Grey, but wikipedia describes them as erotic BDSM novels set in a medieval fantasy world. 
Thoughts or policies in your library?
Go in and read the comments.  That will be an eye opener for parents and teachers about public libraries and whether or not librarians care more about community children or about adhering to groupthink from Chicago-based American Library Association that gets cited/linked frequently by the commenters.  Fortunately, notice not all librarians buy into the groupthink.

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The ethics of the profession are more about not discouraging or preventing someone from getting the materials they want because you have a personal objection to it- this is also known as intellectual freedom. There was just a big discussion on the ALA think tank Facebook group where someone posed the question: would you discourage a 10 year old from checking out an Anne Rice book with graphic sex scenes? Ethically, we cannot act en loco parentis, and we should not prevent a kid from checking out said book- but understandably many adults are wary about this type of situation. Self-censorship is unfortunately rampant amongst librarians, so I think that the first step to becoming more ethically bound to the foundational tenets of the profession is to recognize our own biases, and work to eliminate or reduce these professionally to uphold everyone's freedoms to read and participate fully in society.
Do you think it violates ethics to steer young children clear of BDSM erotica?  Do you think an eleven year old girl has the intellectual freedom to borrow from a public library erotic BDSM novels without somehow passing that by the parents or guardians first?

In a related matter, since ethics supposedly favors allowing children access to BDSM erotica, is it ethical for the American Library Association to censor and blacklist Common Sense Media precisely for advising parents and teachers about the sexual inappropriateness of reading material? (Link to smoking gun evidence of censorship and blacklisting of Common Sense Media by ALA.)  Should librarians allow children to access inappropriate material for children while at the same time ALA censors/blacklists the very means for parents and teachers to make informed decisions on the potential for the sexual inappropriateness of reading material for children?

Full disclosure: Evidencing a lack of any true interest in intellectual freedom, the ALA Think Tank public Facebook group blocks me from commenting or even seeing what is posted.  Ethics only applies when it can be used to ensure children retain access to sexually inappropriate material despite parental wishes.

This is not the first time I have caught ALA Think Tank bragging about sexualizing children against parental wishes: "Kleinman had just caught an elementary school librarian bragging on the ALA Think Tank Facebook page about usurping parental authority and giving books to a student that his mom or dad had specifically asked her not to."  Read more here:

Librarians are welcome to write anonymously for SafeLibraries about allowing kids to borrow BDSM erotica or about any other topic.

Monday, July 18, 2016

American Library Association Promotes Black Lives Matter Hate Group In Public Schools

The American Library Association promotes the "Black Lives Matter" hate group in public schools.

[That BLM is a hate group is evident from its repeated calls to kill police officers, along with the murders of multiple police officers.  That's my opinion.  I leave the proof to other reporters.  Here's just one recent report: "Hours Before Officers Were Gunned Down in Dallas, Louis Farrakhan Posted This Shocking Message of Racism and Violence," by Jason Howerton, The Blaze, 8 July 2016.]

Here are examples of ALA's promotion of the BLM hate group in public schools:

ALA's so-called Office for Intellectual Freedom:

ALA's American Libraries membership magazine:

ALA's @ALALibrary on Twitter:

The San Francisco Unified School District library developed a LibGuide on teaching the #BlackLivesMatter movement, including lesson plans, readings, poetry, and official case documents as well as background information.
Librarians are peddlers of empathy. We understand that reading is a chemical reaction between reader and writer producing a visceral engagement with the characters that allows us to live the lives of others, if only for for [sic] the space of a novel. We know that when we give a book to a patron, it can be at once an act of revolution, a strike against ignorance, a catalyst for change, a necessary escape, a life-saving event, a clarion call, a moment of peace, or simply a riveting read. Whatever it turns out to be though, it is always founded in empathy. As readers, each book allows us to, at turns, discover, reaffirm or reimagine what it means to be human.
In the wake of the Ferguson verdict and in solidarity with the growing #BlackLivesMatter movement, it is empathy that we need more than ever. ....
As YA librarians and as educators, I feel strongly that it is an essential part of our calling to do more than simply recommend books to our teenage patrons; we must promote, persuade, and provoke our young readers to pick up those books that broaden and challenge our understanding of what it means to be another and to be ourselves. .... And change must come. And it will come because reading is an act of communication that can and does open minds and hearts, transcending our often irrational and unfounded fears to create newfound empathy and compassion.
Enter literature and librarians. We can give our communities the very stories that provide the context and, most importantly, the emotional connection so crucial to empathy and change. ....

Yesterday, I wrote about the duty all librarians and educators share to instill empathy and compassion in our young readers by actively promoting books that engage and educate them in the experiences of others. .... 
.... For those of you seeking more resources (including non-fiction, media, and teaching materials) related to the events in Ferguson and the Black Lives Matter movement, check out Oakland Public Library’s excellent resource guide and Teaching #Ferguson.
Given that I know 1) ALA allows, supports, and hides homophobia, which is hate, and given that I know 2) ALA supports the interests of Islamic terror, which is hate, and given that I know 3) ALA acolytes try anonymously oppressing the sales of a book exposing ALA's facilitation of child porn in public libraries, which is hate, I can add this fourth means of support for hate, 4) actually promoting the hate group Black Lives Matter in public schools, and truly say it is my opinion that ALA loves hate.


Looks like I hit a sore spot for librarians pushing the Black Lives Matter hate group into schools as one does the usual—attack the messenger and ignore the issue:


And they just keep pushing the hate into public schools, just keep training school librarians how to keep pushing the hate on students—notice the training for students is one sided, the side of hate:
Here's another organized group (also in Illinois) teaching school children that Americans are fundamentally racist:
Here are librarians being trained by the School Library Journal on how to insert "social justice" issues into public schools and libraries even if some educators/librarians are not willing to go along:

Many librarians and children's literature scholars of color are motivated by social justice imperatives. They theorize on and critique children's literature as a way to normalize conversations about cultural diversity in kid's lit (and by extension, kid's services) as a way to move diversity imperatives beyond the margins. Many want to change how public librarians and educators use and perceive diverse children's literature in their day to day today practice-- ideally, in ways to support social justice. But, this imperative is not felt by all. What type of strategies and resources can you recommend for those working towards normalizing conversations about equity in children's lit?
I presume seeing people are just letting librarians push the Black Lives Matter hate on students with no one even noticing, librarians are upping their game to push more hate:
  • "Libraries 4 Black Lives,"Amita Lonial (IL),  Amy Sonnie (CA), Jessica Anne Bratt (MI), Sarah Lawton (WI): "Recent events have highlighted the undeniable travesty of systemic racism in America. This 'call to action' unifies library efforts and demonstrates our unequivocal professional commitment to social justice and equity."


And the hits keep coming:

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On Twitter: @ALALibrary @AmLibraries @OIF @YALSA #BlackLivesMatter #LibrariesRespond