Sunday, February 18, 2007

Book banned for correct anatomical term

posted by Blake

A couple of good submissions on the evil scrotum book:

The Higher Power of Lucky- Controversial

sarahmae writes "The New York Times has an article about the controversy over Newbery Medal winner "The Higher Power of Lucky" using the medically correct term of scrotum.
More commentary can be found at which contrary to the NYT's assertion is a blog and not an electronic mailing list.

I see this as part of trend of adults censoring the correct terms for body parts so that they do not have to explain them to children. Exhibit Two: The Hoohah Monologues"

Book banned for correct anatomical term

Fang-Face writes "The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, is under fire for use of the correct anatomical term "scrotum". Single Word Causes Uproar in Children's Book has the ugly details about how some people, school teachers and librarians included, insult the intelligence of children by assuming some correctly used words don't belong in juvenile fiction."

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