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Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison and many other gay themed books for kids


Link Here11th April 2022
Mary Ellen Cuzela is a mother of three from Katy, a suburb of Houston, Texas. She has hit the headlines over her campaign to complain about gay themed books available in local school libraries.

She started after reading Lawn Boy , by Jonathan Evison, which was available at her children's high school. She said. The book, which traces the story of a Mexican American character's journey to understanding his own sexuality and ethnic identity, was filled with vulgarity, Cuzela said, including dozens of four-letter words, explicit sexual references and a description of oral sex between fourth-grade boys during a church youth group meeting.

Cuzela shared her views with some like-minded parents, and together they set out to get such books banned, and so the campaign was launched.

Another book that caught her attention was Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) , by L.C. Rosen. This was noted for references to anal and oral sex and a detailed description of male genitalia and advice on how to give oral sex.

The campaign received world attention including a report from the BBC. Books complained about for "pervasive vulgarity" include:

  • Lawn Boy , by Jonathan Evison
  • Losing the Girl by MariNaomi
  • Me Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  • Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
  • The Nerdy and the Dirty by B.T. Gottfred
  • Forever for a Year by B.T. Gottfred
  • Jack of Hearts (and other parts) by L.C. Rosen
  • All Boys Aren't Blue by George Johnson
  • The Handsome Girl and Her Beautiful Boy by B.T. Gottfred
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
  • Drama: A Graphic Novel by Raina Telgemeier
  • Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen Vol 2, Official Movie Adaptation by Simon Furman
  • The Breakaways by Cathy G. Johnson

 

 

Wrong think...

Ludicrous academics attach trigger warning to George Orwell's 1984


Link Here24th January 2022
Ludicrous academics at the University of Northampton have issued a trigger warning for George Orwell's novel 1984 on the grounds that it contains explicit material which some students may find offensive and upsetting.

The book is one of several literary works which have been flagged up to students at Northampton who are studying a module called Identity Under Construction . They are warned that the module addresses challenging issues related to violence, gender, sexuality, class, race, abuses, sexual abuse, political ideas and offensive language.

In addition to Orwell's book, academics identify several works in the module that have the potential to be offensive and upsetting including the Samuel Beckett play Endgame , the graphic novel V For Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd and Jeanette Winterson's Sexing The Cherry .

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said:

There's a certain irony that students are now being issued trigger warnings before reading Nineteen Eighty-Four. Our university campuses are fast becoming dystopian Big Brother zones where Newspeak is practised to diminish the range of intellectual thought and cancel speakers who don't conform to it.

Too many of us -- and nowhere is it more evident than our universities -- have freely given up our rights to instead conform to a homogenised society governed by a liberal elite "protecting" us from ideas that they believe are too extreme for our sensibilities.

A Northampton University spokesman said:
  • While it is not university policy, we may warn students of content in relation to violence, sexual violence, domestic abuse and suicide. In these circumstances we explain to applicants as part of the recruitment process that their course will include some challenging texts. This is reinforced by tutors as they progress through their programme of studies.

Offsite Comment: RIP Satire

24th January 2022. See article from spiked-online.com by Brendan O'Neill

I suppose it was only a matter of time before the woke mob came for Nineteen Eighty-Four. A novel that suggests it is a very bad thing to censor inconvenient opinions, to memory-hole problematic culture, to treat alternative ways of thinking as a species of mental illness, and to engage in orgies of spittle-flecked hatred against those deemed to be the enemies of correct thought?

See article from spiked-online.com

 

 

Professors of crystalline precipitation...

Ludicrous academics generate trigger warnings for classic books from a bygone era


Link Here23rd October 2021
Classic children's books in a Cambridge University archive will in future be labelled with trigger warnings for content relating to slavery, colonialism and racism.

Researchers are reviewing more than 10,000 books and magazines for authors from a previous era who have not referenced enslaved or colonised or denigrated people in the right away according to modern day mores.

The archive at Cambridge's Homerton College is being reviewed as part of a move to upload texts to a digital library. In online versions, words, phrases and images deemed harmful will be flagged and content warnings placed at the beginning of each text.

Targeted authors include Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote Little House On The Prairie , for her stereotypical depictions of Native Americans.

Another is Dr Theodor Seuss Geisel, author of the Dr Seuss books, for overt blackface and cultural insensitivities.

The Water Babies , Charles Kingsley's 1863 children's classic about a young chimney sweep, is described as having the potential to harm readers without warning for comments about Irish and black people.

 

 

Offsite Article: Zero Tolerance of majority opinion...


Link Here28th August 2021
Why are feminists blaming The Tiger Who Came To Tea for violence against women? By Ella Whelan

See article from spiked-online.com


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