A Colorado mother was silenced at her local school board meeting when she tried to read from books available to school children that include graphic references to sex and masturbation.
The unidentified mother spoke at a school board meeting for the Adams 12 school district, which is located on the northern tier of the Denver metropolitan area. She was there to object to the controversial books ‘Lawn Boy’ and ‘Gender Queer.’
“I come as a parent, a very concerned parent, about the materials that are in our school, allowed for our children to have access to,” she told board members, adding that she does not support book banning.
“But I do want to tell you that pornography does not belong in our schools, or accessible to our children,” she said to applause from the audience.
With that, the mom filed through pages of “Gender Queer,” and began reading a raunchy passage.
“Alison Bechdel writes “Fun Home” about discovering masturbation soon after her first period,” she began. “I discovered around the same age followed by the further realization that my ability to become aroused was governed by a strict law of diminishing returns, an elaborate fantasy based on Plato’s Symposium. The more I had to interact with my genitals, the less likely I was to reach a point of satisfaction. The best fantasy was one that did not require any physical touch at all. I got a new strap-on harness today! I can’t wait to put it on you. It will fit my favorite dildo perfectly. I can’t wait to have your c**k in my mouth. I’m going to give you a b***-job of your life. Then I want you inside me.”
At that point the board had heard too much.
“Sorry, you’re out of order,” a member of the board said. “This is your first warning.”
“This is a book that is accessible in Adams 12,” the mother protested.
“Kindly refrain from further reading here, please,” the board member said. “Thank you.”
“Let me finish reading this,” the determined mother resumed. “There is no more vulgarity, but this what you allow in our schools. And this is what you allow for our kids to have access to. ‘Please give me my time back.”
A parent in @Adams12 school district attempts to read from the book “Gender Queer” and gets silenced by board members.
This graphic book containing pornography can’t be read in front of adults yet is available for kids to read in schools across the country. pic.twitter.com/3Zl66tfKkx
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The author of “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” a book which has triggered harsh criticism at school boards for keeping it in school libraries, told NBC News in January that what NBC News called its “graphic illustrations of LGBTQ sexual experiences” were “integral” and that “we need to reduce the shame” regarding sex among teenagers.
Maia Kobabe’s book “is a de facto guide on gender identity that grapples with the hardships of coming out, the confusion of adolescent crushes and the trauma of being nonbinary in a society that largely sees gender as limited to two categories: man and woman,” NBC News gushed, adding that Kobabe “uses gender-neutral pronouns e, em and eir.”
“The author said the book’s frank accounts are ‘integral’ to showing readers an experience growing up outside of cisgender and heterosexual norms,” NBC News reported.
One image from the book: Kobabe as a 14-year-old “fantasizing about an older man touching the penis of a seemingly younger man or boy,” NBC News stated.
“It’s very hard to hear people say ‘This book is not appropriate to young people’ when it’s like, I was a young person for whom this book would have been not only appropriate, but so, so necessary….There are a lot of people who are questioning their gender, questioning their sexuality and having a real hard time finding honest accounts of somebody else on the same journey. There are people for whom this is vital and for whom this could maybe even be lifesaving,” Kobabe told NBC News.