lunacy, part one

There’s a backlash against this year’s Newberry Award winner because on the first page, the author uses the word Scrotum.

As in, “The snake bit my dog on the scotum”.

There are people who think the word “scrotum” is not appropriate for a children’s book. (The protagonist is 10). Unfortunately these are not all members of the so-called Christian Right, but learned people, such as librarians.

Do I believe some of these individuals are feeling the pressure from their ignorant townsfolk? Sure.

But do I think they should grow a pair of – well, you get the idea? Absolutely.

What would they prefer?


I know, they’d rather all human beings under eighteen be neutered – just like your dog.

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