Apparently some librarians and parents are upset that a children’s book (which happens to have won the Newberry Medal, the most prestigious award in children’s literature) has, within its pages, the use of the word “scrotum.” The book, The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patronhas, been banned in some school libraries, mostly in the South.
“I think it’s a good case of an author not realizing her audience,” said Frederick Muller, a librarian at Halsted Middle School in Newton, N.J. “If I were a third- or fourth-grade teacher, I wouldn’t want to have to explain that.”
Really, are there any third or fourth graders who don’t know what a scrotum is these days? And even if there are, what’s the big deal about simply saying what it is? It’s just a body part. Little kids pretty much know what a penis is. So what’s the big deal? Someone, please explain it to me. It’s not as if this book described any sexual acts or was in any way pornographic. It just mentioned a body part. Indeed, the use of the word “scrotum” came in the context of a character saying that his dog had been bitten in the scrotum by a rattlesnake.
Our country is truly messed up.