Brookfield Public Schools recently received a challenge against the sexually-explicit book "This Book Is Gay" from a concerned community member. The challenge will be taken up at a special Board of Education meeting on July 12th at 7:00pm in the Brookfield High School Auditorium.
"This Book Is Gay" by Juno Dawson is not physically available in print in the library, however students can download an electronic copy through the online State Catalog.
The book has been frequently challenged over explicit sexual content, since it details instructions for boy-on-boy and girl-on-girl sex, and includes diagrams and tips on how two men can pleasure one another (e.g., oral sex, anal sex) and tips on how two women can pleasure one another (e.g., "fingers", toys, "strap ons"). The book even recommends joining sex apps to find the nearest homosexuals for meet-ups.
It's no wonder someone decided to challenge the availability of this book for children in an educational setting.
Brookfield Democrats called the challenge "politically-motivated" and suggested it was a book ban. The democrats even sent an email to rally parents to come support the librarians and media specialists who choose content so students can "see themselves reflected" in library books.
However, reasonable people realize that no one is calling for a ban on this book. The book publisher is not being challenged. The stores that sell the book are not being challenged. Rather, the members of the community who have a say in their children's education are simply saying that this book is inappropriate in a school setting. That is all that is happening here. It definitely does not amount to a book ban.
It sounds more like the protection of children, something which schools should want to do.