Kansas Library Votes to Restrict Certain Books From Minors

censorA Kansas resident has voiced her opinion, filed her complaint and the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library has responded. That’s right, no “sex books” will be allowed within public view of a minor. The offending books are: “The Joy of Sex”, “The Lesbian Kama Sutra”, Joy of Gay Sex” and “Sex for Busy People: The Art of the Quickie for Lovers on the Go.” The books were described as being “harmful to minors.” Well, now, since when does reading a book consitute a danger to minors? I must have missed that news flash. No wonder teens don’t read much. Looks like all the good stuff gets banned (said jokingly) One commenter to the article read my mind:

I take it that Topeka does not have high-speed internet yet

Filed under, give me a break

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8 Responses to Kansas Library Votes to Restrict Certain Books From Minors

  1. JenB says:

    The only time I was ever “harmed” by a sex book was when I found The Joy of Sex in my parents’ nightstand. O_O

    But seriously…

    Good grief. Harmful? If you want to protect kids, turn off the freaking television and monitor their internet use. Don’t ban books.

  2. Avid Reader says:

    I think what I missed saying in the article was that these books were shelved in the health section of the library. Far, far away from any curious teenagers.

  3. JenB says:

    If teenagers really want to read about sex (or do anything else, for that matter), they will find a way. And if they’re really looking for sex books, then hiding the books in a far away corner is great ’cause they can look through them without being disturbed.

    But just walking past a section of shelves and seeing a sex book? Ummm…not harmful.

  4. Avid Reader says:

    JenB: If teenagers really want to read about sex (or do anything else, for that matter), they will find a way. And if they’re really looking for sex books, then hiding the books in a far away corner is great ‘cause they can look through them without being disturbed.
    But just walking past a section of shelves and seeing a sex book? Ummm…not harmful.

    Agreed. I find this action so juvenile and ridiculous. I ran across this article by author, Deb Caletti, who had her books banned and there’s also a list of the top 100 books banned (or challenged) that includes Judy Blume and JK Rowling.

  5. Janicu says:

    Lame! I remember being a kid, there are SO many other ways to learn if you want to. And what about bookstores? I’ve seen kids reading the sex books in B&N and giggling amongst themselves. Oh NOES!

  6. Mame says:

    Not to put too political a point on this but Sarah Palin’s daughter was recently interviewed and she said her mother teaching abstinence was not only an obvious failure but was not realistic. Kansas was also the state, if I am not mistaken, that wanted to take evolution out of the curriculum and teach creationism. Maybe these guys also think the world is flat.
    Sex is good, it is what got us all here, (okay I exclude the octuplets and the like).
    🙂
    Mame

  7. Avid Reader says:

    Mame: (okay I exclude the octuplets and the like).

    Gah, don’t get me started on that one and then the alleged father has decided to come out of hiding. Interesting re Palin, that it’s the sons and daughters of political people who have to actually deal with these types of issues while enforcing their own personal beliefs on other folk regarding abstinence, etc.

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