KJ (owlmoose) wrote,

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Words are dangerous

I know kunstarniki at least was following the debate over the Newbery-award winning book that dares to use the word "scrotum". Some youth librarians cast aspersions on the book's suitability for young children, the New York Times interpreted this to mean that libraries would be banning the book, and "hilarity" ensued.

Some follow-up from the library blog world:
"Thoughts on the Great Scrotum Kerfuffle of 2007" is an excellent overview of the whole situation and points out lessons learned, including "What you say on a list serv may come back to bite you in the scrotum later."
A bibliography of scrotums in youth-targeted fiction.
An overview, lots of links.

On a lighter note, Library Ninja says: Sometimes books are best!
Tags: civil rights, funny, librarian

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