For Sex Education, See Librarian: A Guide to Issues and Resources

For Sex Education, See Librarian: A Guide to Issues and Resources

For Sex Education, See Librarian: A Guide to Issues and Resources

For Sex Education, See Librarian: A Guide to Issues and Resources

Synopsis

Here is the definitive practical guide to sexuality materials in libraries and an annotated bibliography of nearly 600 recommended titles for school and public libraries. Cornog and Perper have gone to great lengths to gather a wide variety of viewpoints, including Christian and conservative, and to seek out interesting and valuable materials from large and small publishers and organizations. The authors provide detailed guidance for selecting and processing sexuality materials, including vertical files, audiovisuals, and periodicals, for doing reference on sexuality and behavior, homosexuality and gender issues, life cycle issues, sex and society, and sexual problems; a full range of topics and viewpoints that libraries should collect; discussions of cataloging, programming, vandalism, and censorship; a review of the history of libraries and sexuality materials; and titles for young people with grade level appropriateness.

Excerpt

The author's opinions on the matters with which this book is concerned might be stated . . .: "If by sex, you mean that engine that moves the terrible wheels of lust, that carnal burr under the saddle that hurls men of the gospel down from their pulpits, that tickle that causes kings to abandon their thrones for a sniff of some sweet thing, that demon that turns the heads of captains and generals, so that they whisper breathless nonsense and military secrets into the ear of some doe-eyed double agent, that frenzy that leads men of common sense to thrust aside their loyal wives, weeping children, and vested pension funds to run off with secretaries with half their years and education, that terrible strength that enables an underweight young man to couple with twenty different partners between Friday and Monday in a poorly lit Turkish bath, that dizzying blindness that allows those who brush twice a day and floss every night to risk heartbreak, herpes, AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and lymphogranuloma venereum for the sake of a pelvic spasm, that force that causes altar boys to flog themselves silly in a soapy bathtub, torn between guilt and excitement, if that is what you mean by sex, then I am irrevocably opposed to it.

"However, if by sex you mean that delectable gift of heaven that showers its blessings upon the committed souls so that their hearts beat as one, that force that inspires the long-married to walk holding hands in the cool of the evening, that urge to enjoy the fruit of such unions and provide the twenty-two years of endurance, orthodontia, and tuition hikes that such offspring engender, that force that quickens the . . .

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