School Librarians Censoring A Book? – Upset Over Scrotums
First, I’d just like to be clear about how I feel about librarians seeking to censor books, any books. Librarians that take any action to censor a book should be fired, immediately, as soon as proof is offered that they tried to censor a book. The last thing I want is for librarians to decide what can be read by whom.
The book at the root of this current controversy? The Higher Power of Lucky,” by Susan Patron, a Newberry Medal winner. The book is about a girl coming to terms with herself, life and growing up. I read it and there’s absolutely no reason to ban it. So why are librarians so upset? Here in all its shameful glory is the offending passage:
Lucky Trimble, hears the word through a hole in a wall when another character says he saw a rattlesnake bite his dog, Roy, on the scrotum.
“Scrotum sounded to Lucky like something green that comes up when you have the flu and cough too much. It sounded medical and secret, but also important.”
Oh no! Not scrotum! How dare the author put such an offensive word in a child’s book? Well maybe because the author doesn’t have the sensibilities of a neutered Puritan looking for a witch to drown.
Can ten year-old children handle the word scrotum? Of course, so why can’t the librarians? How did the world become so twisted that a mere word describing a body part can be considered offensive? Dangerous even? Read the full story in the NY Times.
Now please excuse me while I storm about my office then contact some more people that have the sack to stand up to those folks that can’t stomach a perfectly good word like ‘scrotum’.
Oh, if you’re wondering what that word is that describes something green that comes up when you have the flu and cough too much, it’s sputum.