Proposed Missouri Bill Targeting Children’s Books Could Land Librarians in Jail

This is not book burning, but just filing age-inappropriate books in other parts of the library. If parents want to let their children read books with explicitly sexual content, they can check them out and take them home and give them to their children. But parents who want to protect their children’s innocence will feel confident they can let their children safely select age-appropriate books in the children’s area of the library.

I remember that a boy I’d met on a train trip, when I was twelve years old, wrote to me from his home country that he had admired my “breasts”. The comment was over the top for me at age 12 and I cried for days in shame and embarrassment. Thanks to years of exposure to nudity and suggestive material in all our media, adults today may have forgotten how very sensitive children can be.

Why imagine it is a virtue to push children out of their pure hearts? I believe it could be seen as a form of child abuse to expose children to material that is more suited for adults – not all adults, even, just those who think kink is cool. Perhaps there should be a separate area in libraries where books with sexual content is kept.

There is a big difference between accepting and appreciating the natural beauty and function of the human body – and promoting sex, lust, obsession and perversion.

Children’s books that contain sexual material could become harder to find at local public libraries in Missouri under a new bill that proposes creating “parental review boards” to examine books and other materials.

Sponsored by Republican state Rep. Ben Baker, the legislation would create a review board of five elected community members who would oversee the content in the children’s sections of their local library. The board would focus on rooting out any “age-inappropriate sexual material” for minors, defined as depictions or descriptions of nudity or sexuality that is “patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community” and “lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors”…

https://www.routefifty.com/management/2020/01/proposed-missouri-bill-targeting-childrens-books-could-land-librarians-jail/162584/

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