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    Re: Breaking: Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Is Promoting Child Porn in the Classroom

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    In the article some of the quotes from the book sound like porn to me.
    Have you actually read any of the books in question? I'll provide links for some of them so you can at least buy them online and see for yourself.

    [ame=http://www.amazon.ca/Queer-13-Lesbian-Writers-Seventh/dp/0688171613/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260176865&sr=8-1]Queer 13: Lesbian and Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade: Amazon.ca: Clifford Chase: Books[/ame]

    It's probably a healthy sign that the autobiographical essays collected in Queer 13 display not only relief and anger, but nostalgia. Most of the contributors, including well-known writers like Wayne Kostenbaum (The Queen's Throat) and Rebecca Brown (The Terrible Girls), have overcome the stigma they felt in junior high. When they look back now at their sufferings, they're also able to recall moments of pure, unthreatened pleasure--although, having found the courage they once lacked, they tend to criticize their younger selves for having pandered to repressive parents or playground tyrants. It may be inevitable that these stories have a shared aura of sadness, since the universal experience of junior high seems to be bleak and crushing, but there are other commonalities that emerge: the "gay" childhood friend, for instance, who gets mercilessly dropped, or the casual cruelties of physical education. Some of the most affecting pieces are by writers who were battling other differences in addition to their sexuality, such as Rebecca Zinoric's "Becky's Pagination," about the indignities of being given special education because she was legally blind, and Marcus Mabry's lovely "Mud Pies and Medusa," about growing up black and gay. --Regina Marler --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
    [ame=http://www.amazon.ca/Being-Different-Lambda-Youths-Speak/dp/0531112225/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260177077&sr=8-2]Being Different: Lambda Youths Speak Out: Amazon.ca: Larry Dane Brimner: Books[/ame]

    Gr 9 Up--Personal narratives by 15 young people complement convincing commentary at the beginning of each chapter on what it is like to be young and gay. There are chapters on sexual identity, coming out, and the pain of being gay in high school (arguably our most homophobic institution). In addition, a chapter on religion-based attitudes toward homosexuality puts anti-gay rhetoric in perspective. Most of the narratives are by 18 to 21-year-olds who look back on their high school years with some degree of equanimity. Without melodramatics, they help the author make the case that intolerance toward homosexuality hurts young people the most. The book should prove an eye-opener for anyone who works with teenagers, and it is among a handful of titles on the subject that will be helpful to them. The format is stiff and the black-and-white photographs of the contributors are not well reproduced, but indentation of narratives enhances readability. A comprehensive collection of resources and a reading list are appended. Being Different is more subtle, and on the whole, more informative than Ann Heron's Two Teenagers in Twenty (Alyson, 1995), which contains 42 often powerful, but relatively unprocessed narratives by YAs. Roger Sutton's Hearing Us Out (Little, 1994) boasts a rich mix of narrative by lesbians and gays from all walks of life, written mostly from the vantage point of mature adulthood.
    [ame=http://www.amazon.ca/Full-Spectrum-Generation-Transgender-Questioning/dp/0375832904/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260177148&sr=8-2]The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities: Amazon.ca: David Levithan, Billy Merrell: Books[/ame]

    Using works submitted anonymously through the Web site the authors created in conjunction with the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Levithan and Merrell have selected 40 essays, mini-autobiographies, poems, and photographs that chronicle the lives of 21st-century young people, ages 13 to 23. The handsomely dense package includes real-life stories about coming out, falling in and out of love, mistaken identities, families and friends, misplaced affection, confronting homophobia, and more. A female-to-male transsexual teen describes a first trip into the men's restroom. A young man recalls his close relationship with a trash-talking, pot-smoking, horror-movie-loving burnout, illustrating the blurry lines that exist between romance and friendship. While nearly half of the installments tell the stories of young gay men, a sizable chunk is devoted to lesbians, and more than half a dozen pieces are about transgendered youth. While many of the stories recall memories of isolation, others delve into a young person's awareness and involvement in a queer community. As a whole, the collection is comprehensive, complex, and the perfect title to put into the hands of teens who approach the information desk asking for real stories about coming out and coming to terms with anything remotely GLBTQ.–Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library
    Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
    [ame=http://www.amazon.ca/Revolutionary-Voices-Multicultural-Queer-Anthology/dp/1555835589/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260177228&sr=1-3]Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology: Amazon.ca: Amy Sonnie: Books[/ame]

    This groundbreaking, multicultural collection of stories by the queer and young should be required reading for every jaded adult--teachers, parents, politicians--and anyone who fears for the future of our country. In fact, 22-year-old editor Amy Sonnie should run for Congress. Her introduction to this touching, funny, and sometimes sad anthology is smarter and more thoughtful than any political rhetoric this old queer has heard lately. While the work is wildly diverse (one of my favorites involves a mother who bakes a cake to help her queer daughter celebrate Ellen DeGeneres's coming-out), all of it speaks to the isolation and fear of being queer and young. A boy lies awake at night practicing to be more masculine. An intersexed gay boy comes out to his high school. A butch girl tells of years of daily bashing. Fear, though, is not the overriding emotional tone to this collection. The contributors exhibit a belief in themselves, a well-placed youthful confidence that speaks as loudly as the most poignant writing. Their determination to survive and thrive despite a homophobic society comes through loud and clear. It's the perfect antidote to adult cynicism about youth. --Jack Connolly
    [ame=http://www.amazon.ca/Reflections-Rock-Lobster-Story-Growing/dp/1555836070/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260177329&sr=1-2]Reflections of a Rock Lobster: A Story about Growing Up Gay: Amazon.ca: Aaron Fricke: Books[/ame]

    Fricke made national news when he sued his school for the right to take a male date to the prom. Here is his story of growing up gay in America.
    [ame=http://www.amazon.ca/Passages-Pride-Lesbian-Youth-Come/dp/0812923804/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260177420&sr=1-1]Passages of Pride: Lesbian and Gay Youth Come of Age: Amazon.ca: Kurt Chandler: Books[/ame]

    He focuses on six young gays and lesbians as each goes through the various phases: for example, we learn about Derek and the "science of living in the closet" in the book's section about awareness, and about Tara's discovery that there's "nothing wrong with being queer" in the section about community. Interspersed among these personal stories are chapters tagged "sidebars" and "codas" in which Chandler discusses topics such as resiliency, coming out, and a son's liberation (a particularly moving coda).
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    Re: Breaking: Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Is Promoting Child Porn in the Classroom

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    You might want to stop listening to Lady Gaga. Too much of her music and you think anything is porn/sex reference.
    So sexual explicit material given to kids is ok in your eyes

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    Re: Breaking: Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Is Promoting Child Porn in the Classroom

    GLSEN: "We recommend that adults selecting books for youth review content for suitability"

    As Baker acknowledged, in describing its BookLink section, GLSEN states in red type: "All BookLink items are reviewed by GLSEN staff for quality and appropriateness of content. However, some titles for adolescent readers contain mature themes. We recommend that adults selecting books for youth review content for suitability. The editorial and customer reviews listed at Amazon.com often provide information on mature content." From the section:


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    Re: Breaking: Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Is Promoting Child Porn in the Classroom

    Things sure are changing, back in the early 60's my school district banned "The Scarlet Letter", and "To Kill a Mockingbird"....
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    Re: Breaking: Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Is Promoting Child Porn in the Classroom

    I really don't see a problem here. It's a private organization and they're only recommendations. It's not like anyone is being forced to read anything. Some of them might be inappropriate for kids at a certain age, but that's why there's a warning on the website that parents/adults should review the material first.
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    Re: Breaking: Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Is Promoting Child Porn in the Classroom

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    In the article some of the quotes from the book sound like porn to me.
    they are descriptions of sexual encounters, not fantasy. appropriate for kids? maybe not, but who is being forced to read these books?

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    Re: Breaking: Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Is Promoting Child Porn in the Classroom

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    Why do I want to buy this filth?
    Filth? What is filthy about them? Please show us your in depth knowledge of the books. You can start by referencing something more then what people tell you is them.
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    Re: Breaking: Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Is Promoting Child Porn in the Classroom

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    This is disgusting.


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    What we discovered shocked us. We were flabbergasted. Rendered speechless.

    We were unprepared for what we encountered. Book after book after book contained stories and anecdotes that weren’t merely X-rated and pornographic, but which featured explicit descriptions of sex acts between pre-schoolers; stories that seemed to promote and recommend child-adult sexual relationships; stories of public masturbation, anal sex in restrooms, affairs between students and teachers, five-year-olds playing sex games, semen flying through the air. One memoir even praised becoming a prostitute as a way to increase one’s self-esteem. Above all, the books seemed to have less to do with promoting tolerance than with an unabashed attempt to indoctrinate students into a hyper-sexualized worldview.

    We knew that unless we carefully documented what we were reading, the public would have a hard time accepting it. Mere descriptions on our part could not convey the emotional gut reaction one gets when seeing what Kevin Jennings wants kids to read as school assignments. So we began scanning pages from each of the books, and then made exact transcriptions of the relevant passages on each page.

    Are we exaggerating, or misconstruing quotes that could be interpreted a different way? No: Read the passages below and judge for yourself. There’s no wiggle room. The language is explicit, the intent clear.

    To be specific, the books we read were:

    Queer 13

    Being Different

    The Full Spectrum

    Revolutionary Voices

    Reflections of a Rock Lobster

    Passages of Pride

    Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian

    The Order of the Poison Oak

    In Your Face

    Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son

    Love & Sex: Ten Stories of Truth

    We can only vouch for what’s in these 11 books, since these are the only ones we’ve read through. Are there other books on the GLSEN reading list that are similarly outrageous? We can’t say for sure, but it seems very likely. What you see excerpted below is probably only the tip of the iceberg.

    Let it be clear: This issue has nothing to do with gayness or straightness, which is irrelevant to this report. The point proven here is that the GLSEN reading list promotes the sexualization of children in general, regardless of the “orientation.”
    So what did any of this have to do with child porn?
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    Re: Breaking: Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Is Promoting Child Porn in the Classroom

    Is there an equal amount of heterosexual porn being read to balance this?
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