Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Oh no, I said it!
The NYT writes that libraries across the nation are trying to decide whether or not to stock a new prize-winning children's book, The Higher Power of Lucky. The dilemma is over whether or not a book containing the word "scrotum" is suitable for children between the ages of 9 and 12.
No wonder kids have little respect for adults. The disconnect between the reality of a kids life and the fantasy that many parents think their children exist with is getting wider and wider. When Elvis swiviled his hips, it was shocking to everyone, kids included. But kids these days, whether parents like it or not, are exposed to sex, drugs, rock n' roll and, yes, foul language that would have made a 50's era teen blush. Given their experiences, when they then see parents clutching their collective pearls about the word "scrotum", they've got to be wondering what planet the parents are from.

Fact is, most of these kids probably don't even know the word scrotum. But if you said to them "balls" or "ball sack", they'd go Ohhhhhhhh .... yeah, I know that.
Blogger Ms. Jan said...
And heaven forbid our children should call a scrotum, well, a scrotum..........