Originally Posted by James Brown
That book seems appropriate to me for some high school kids or maybe late junior high, and it looks like that is in fact the target audience. It might be a useful book for gay and trans high schoolers who are suffering through an incredibly awkward time. I would much prefer frank discussion and support to repression, depression, and possibly suicide for gay and trans high schoolers. How about you?
That said, I would be fine requiring parental consent before checking out that book to junior high students.
Do you have any evidence that it is on the shelves for 7 year old children, as you implied in your last line? I would be surprised, as I do not think that even the most liberal librarians and educators think this level of sexuality is appropriate for 7 year old children. I think you are just making that age up for shock value.
Also, Rich - I believe you were not blessed with children right?
I have fathered two young men. The huge destructive "sexuality" risk faced by me and my wife, and I think most parents, is/was dealing with the incredibly pervasive, insidious, destructive, unavoidable, and dehumanizing scourge of internet porn. The potential for internet porn to skew a young person's idea of proper sexuality is at least a billion times greater than the dozen or so books that might be on the library shelves dealing in a reasonably thoughtful manner with these topics, like the book you linked for example.
Makes you wonder about the motivation of those calling loudly to ban books, doesn't it?