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Illinois Bans ‘Smut’ Book, Has No Idea Teens are Doing Way More Than Reading About Sex

At Lemont High School in Illinois, a book has been taken off the shelves and they are reconsidering their entire curriculum to remove any potentially salacious texts.

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy was removed from an English class over sections that were deemed inappropriate. The hubbub over this is spilling over, as now some parents are worried about what other sexual materials their teens might be reading.

The Maya Angelou classic, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, is coming under fire for describing the rape of an 8-year-old girl. The fact that that girl was Maya Angelou, it’s all a true story, and hearing about peoples lives and struggles can help us all have empathy and be inspired by their triumph, doesn’t matter to the parents.

Resident Rick Ligthart prepared a statement for his ideas for change in the school.

“Regardless of the books, I’m recommending to the board that no literature whatsoever be inclusive of literal metaphorical, figurative or allegorical words for male or female genitals. English classes should not be involved in sexuality in literature for our kids. It shouldn’t be in any books — no books. We can’t have 18-year-olds reading about masturbation or sexual issues, regardless of the literature,” he added. “I don’t care if it’s from Dickens or who else.”

Having 18-year-olds just read about sex and jerking off would be a wonderful reprieve from all the actual sex and jerking off they’re currently doing. Also, taking out any word referring to “penis” or “vagina” would take out a real chunk of the library and I’m pretty sure the Bible would be on that banned book bonfire.

So far the school hasn’t banned any more books, but says they’ll take concerns into consideration. Hopefully, the parents aren’t too scarred by coming out of their beautiful dream world where high schoolers have never heard any allusions to sex and their own kids are certainly not banging their girlfriends while their Dad writes incensed letters to the school board.

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