A Wisconsin school district is defending its decision to offer students sex guides, claiming staff used “selection and deselection guidelines” to evaluate the books.
Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) libraries reportedly offer controversial books and guides such as Flamer, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Gender Queer, Let’s Talk About It, and This Book is Gay.
Libs of TikTok and parental rights advocates claim these books and guides have sexual and pornographic content.
Book Looks, an online resource informing parents about materials and books, notes Flamer contains “alternate sexualities, sexual activities, sexual nudity, profanity and derogatory terms, violence including self-harm, and controversial religious commentary.” Gender Queer depicts and shows sexual activities and sexual nudity, as well as other gender ideologies, Book Looks also noted.
Some of the books are more instructional in their content.
For example, This Book Is Gay, which is available as an eBook students can check out digitally, teaches readers how to have “boy-on-boy sex” and how to use a “sex app” to meet up with the “nearest homosexuals.”
The book also provides a “Cheat Sheet” for certain sexual and gender terminology, such as “genderqueer,” “aromantic,” “drag queen,” and sexual actions and toys. It also mentions the social network app, Grindr, for gay and bisexual men.
Another guide, Let’s Talk About It, discusses pornography and sex toys, and contains sexual images.
“The online world is also chockablock full of pornography: professionals and amateurs alike sharing their sexy adventures online,” it reads. “When consumed right, porn can help you discover new aspects of your sexuality, and help you safely explore kinks and fantasies.”
It also suggests pornography can be “a fun sugary treat.”
KUSD says it has “selection and deselection guidelines” to decide whether or not a book meets “the needs of their school community,” the district told Libs of TikTok when asked about the books. “Parents/guardians who have concerns” can contact their child’s school for “assistance and support,” the school says.
“The District library media collection shall not discriminate in the selection and evaluation of library materials or media on the basis of sex; race; ancestry; creed; religion; color; pregnancy; marital or parental status; sexual orientation; national origin or undocumented/immigration status (including limited English proficiency); transgender status (including gender expression, gender identity, and gender nonconformity); social, economic, or family status; or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability or handicap,” the school board’s library policy says.
Materials with “sexual reference, profanity, or different points of view” are not automatically disqualified from the school district’s library collections, the policy also says.