April 23, 2021

Lesbian sex (books) and the military

The only writing I'm doing from now till what feels like eternity is in my book. It's due really soon, and I'm almost sort of done, still right now, it feels never ending. So for entertainment today, I thought you might enjoy the absurdity, and scary reality, of this story.

From an email message from Cleis Press:

A father is threatening to sue the city of Bentonville, Arkansas, after his two sons, aged 14 and 16, found The Whole Lesbian Sex Book by Felice Newman on a library shelf while (allegedly) looking for books on military academies. The father's complaint: "[They were] greatly disturbed. [We had] many sleepless nights in our house." Now he's saying those sleepless nights are worth $20,000. That's how much he's wants from the city of Bentonville. And he wants the book removed from the library.

From the Morning News in Northwest Arkansas (I'm thinking it should be the mourning news for the sad state of affairs in these parts).

They've actually removed the book for now, and are looking for a "less crude" book on the subject. Honestly the books not crude, and I smell censorship. But nonetheless you can ask the library to bring back the book by writing the librarian a note.

Why was the sex book in the military section to begin with? So far that information remains top secret.

Posted by jamye at April 23, 2021 07:03 PM