Apparently some school librarians are so shocked that the word “scrotum” appears in a Newbery-winning children’s book, that they are banning it.
“This book included what I call a Howard Stern-type shock treatment just to see how far they could push the envelope, but they didn’t have the children in mind,” Dana Nilsson, a teacher and librarian in Durango, Colo., wrote on LM_Net, a mailing list that reaches more than 16,000 school librarians. “How very sad.”
Yeah, how very sad that you would compare the word scrotum being used properly to the antics of Howard Stern.
“I think it’s a good case of an author not realizing her audience,” said Frederick Muller, a librarian at Halsted Middle School in Newton, N.J. “If I were a third- or fourth-grade teacher, I wouldn’t want to have to explain that.”
Oh no! I’d truly hate to have to explain the word scrotum to a child between the ages of 9-12. I’m sure they’ve NEVER heard that word before.
My God. Shouldn’t we be more concerned about any 9-12 year olds out there who don’t know what a scrotum is?
Here’s the text that is causing all the uproar:
(set up: Lucky is a 10 year old orphan. She overhears another character talking about seeing his dog get bitten on the scrotum by a rattlesnake.)
“Scrotum sounded to Lucky like something green that comes up when you have the flu and cough too much,” the book continues. “It sounded medical and secret, but also important.”
Now if she had heard “sweaty ballsack” instead of scrotum, then maybe they’d have a point. But when did using anatomically correct terms become so shameful and taboo?
What is wrong with society when we try to shame children for asking things like “what’s a vagina or what’s a scrotum?” Why are some adults embarrassed to answer those questions.
You know, those words are in the dictionary. If you’re not comfortable with answering the question, tell the kid to look it up! But don’t ban a book in the name of shielding the children.
That’s where the shame lies in this story…