New York City Department of Education Defends Inclusion of Book Containing Pornography in School Libraries

A New York mother contacted the New York City Department of Education to find out why a book containing child pornography was allowed in New York City public school libraries and to request that it be reviewed for inclusion in the collection. The response she got was that it is both appropriate and beneficial for students to have graphic sexual images featured in the library’s collection.

“Why is there child pornography in NY school libraries?” she asked. When she made the request, she provided graphic images from the book. The DOE, looking at these images, said the “book does not depict or describe pedophilia, child rape, or desensitize to predators.”

The book in question, that of Maia Kobabe Gender Queer: A Memoir, is the story of a girl who grows up with hippie parents, finds herself at odds with the rest of school culture, struggles with puberty, and fantasizes about having a penis. The book even talks about finding books in the library that encouraged the main character to continue exploring gender identity.

“Why this pornographic and grooming graphic text in New York school libraries?” asks the mother from New York. “Our family has been harmed by gender ideology and pornography in schools resulting in three hospitalizations and one suicide attempt. The transition has not been therapeutic and yet everywhere we turn there are more propaganda pushing our children to transition. There are no resources on detransition. Why is that?” she asks, desperately seeking help for her own child before the child is more seriously injured.

“Why is this content in schools? Who is watching over the mental, physical and sexual health of our teenagers? Why are you preparing them for lifelong patient status and surgical proving grounds?” she asks. There is no answer from the DOE other than that this material is appropriate and good for teenagers.

“I would like to speak with someone in your office to discuss how we can better support adolescents who are dealing with very typical experiences of dysphoria,” the mother writes. “There’s nothing more transphobic than not helping dysphoric kids like mine. I’m terrified of what’s going on.”

Response from the Materials Evaluation Committee after the question on Gender Queer was done

The book was recommended as a “favorite” by the New York State Department of Education, which, when alerted to the book’s contents, said an investigation would be launched to find out how the book fared. found among those who were praised. by the department.

Kobabe, who uses the pronouns “e/em/eir”, has won numerous awards for his book. But the book’s images angered parents because of its graphic depictions of sex acts and the apparent encouragement of children to question their gender identity.

Along the way, the main character of Gender Queer fantasizes about getting sucked off while driving despite not having a penis, discusses porn preferences with friends, complains that no one understands being asexual, and is horribly traumatized and terrified of gynecological appointments, a theme that repeats itself in the book. Every step of the way, instead of trying to be more comfortable in her own body, the main character turns against herself.

Images of blowjobs are in the book, along with other graphic sexual images. At the beginning of the book, when the main character has her first period, it’s something out of a horror movie, and although menstruation is never pleasant, it remains a source of complete misery for the main character, it’s a sign that there is a disconnect between his mind and his body. The realization that menstruation is a nightmare for virtually all women never makes its way into the book. It would be easy for a young girl to read this, think, “I hate my period too,” and figure out that maybe that means she’s not meant to be a woman.

The main character comes to love women’s clothing through a fascination with figure skater Johnny Weir, becomes obsessed with boy band One Direction, and, lacking a healthy understanding of romantic relationships, decides to turn to Tinder, in graduate school, for a meaningless. simply plugging in in order to find out what it’s like to kiss so you can include it in One Direction fan fiction.

The main character discovers, on page 157, that he is in fact a “pervert” who fuels sexual fantasies: “autoandrophilia”, or being aroused at the idea of ​​having male genitalia .

The New York City Department of Education deems it to be appropriate intellectual stimulation for students. They told the New York mother who contacted them, who remains anonymous due to her own family’s struggles with gender identity, that they “recommend that Gender Queer remain available for procurement and circulation in libraries. high schools”.

Their argument is that it “is well written” and that “students with a similar experience will feel affirmed”, apparently in their fantasy of being the opposite sex for the purpose of sexual gratification, and exploration of porn and sex. random hook -up culture.

The New York City Department of Education goes on to justify the book’s inclusion by saying that “other readers can gain empathy and understanding for their LGBTQ-identifying peers. It is important to note,” they write, “Gender Queer is a memoir and story of one person’s experience of their own identity.”

The book contains graphic images of lesbians performing strap-on blowjobs and describes a euphoria when the main character discovers she can wear little boys’ underwear. “These have dinosaurs! These have spaceships! They have comics on them!”

On page 185, the main character is entangled in a culture where both men and women choose not to use gender-based pronouns and undergo medical gender reassignments. She laments that she has already gone through puberty as a child and changes her pronouns. She is already determined never to have sex and has a distinct loathing of all bodily fluids.

Upon discovering the “e/em/eir” pronouns, the main character says, “I just got the biggest tingle in my back,” which apparently means it’s the right thing to do. The main character eventually complains of “physical pain” when someone gets pronouns wrong or continues to use female pronouns. At this point, the character is around 25, an adult who can make her own choices, not an impressionable teenager.

The main character brushes off concerns that just being a woman is something difficult in society and affirms the belief that a “third option” has always been what was desired. Earlier in the book, it was clear that the amenities and realities of being a woman were just overwhelming, but at 197, the feeling of being a “third gender” is suddenly something that’s been “always wanted.” “. It’s as if the main character, and the author, are rewriting their own story in real time and then denying that’s what’s happening.

The NYCDOE Materials Evaluation Committee deemed these to be items that should be in circulation in school libraries. They justify this decision by saying that the book has won numerous awards, without specifying that these awards come from organizations concerned with favoring the sexual transition of minors, such as Stonewall, or led by far-left activists, such as the American Library. Association.

In the guidelines for school librarians, the materials assessment committee stresses that librarians should “ensure that your collection development criteria match the curriculum, the age level of your students, and the religious and cultural atmosphere of your community”. They recommend the book for ages 14 and up.

On page 211, the main character uses a binder to remove “eir” breasts and appear less stereotypically feminine. In 213, the main character fantasizes about a double mastectomy. In 233, the main character teaches college students and plans to date them.

As for the role of the school library, the DOE asserts that the book “affirms LGBTQ students”, without any realization that “affirmation” is not the only way, or even the most helpful way.

After hearing the DOE say yes, this book would be available for children at school libraries across the city, the New York mom reached out to Schools Chancellor David Banks, saying:

“I have reported this book for inappropriate sexual and gender-based content. You can see my attached complaints and the city’s response. The review board found that this title, Gender Queer suitable for vulnerable dysphoric young people. Do you agree? Here’s a snippet,” she wrote, including footage of lesbian strap-on blowjobs and naked gay sex fantasies. “Not safe work, but apparently safe for our children. Do you agree? Is this the Democratic agenda?” she asks with growing frustration.

“I’m a lifelong liberal leftist feminist who’s voted Dem all my life,” she told Chancellor Banks, who has yet to respond. “I am also the mother of a child who identifies as trans and who has mental illness. This is not helpful. Please stop. When can I ask someone, ANYONE, to answer ???”

This mother’s desperate plea to stop teaching our children to hate who they are fell on deaf ears. The NYC DOE apparently thinks it’s appropriate to affirm teens’ wish to surgically remove healthy body parts, as well as affirm fear of routine medical visits. Affirming adolescent sexual perversities is apparently also the purview of the New York City Department of Education. These are the values ​​that the New York City Department of Education hopes to instill in the city’s youth.

New York City Schools Chancellor David Banks has been reached for comment.

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