LITERACY MONDAYS: BOOK STORE DISAPPOINTMENT

I recently saw a Facebook post of a photo of an illustration found in a newly released book in the CHILDRENS section at Book World, a local book store. The picture depicted a female pole dancer. I was shocked! This couldn’t be true, I thought. There is no way the book store would really put the book in the CHILDRENS section? It must be a mistake, right?

This weekend I decided to check it out for myself. Sure enough, the book was showcased in the CHILDRENS section. Now, I will state the review on Amazon.com for this book states, and I quote, that the book is “The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father’s Day. Also, other times.” However, the woman pictured is dressed “boobie tassels” and the text reads, “So I interned as a stripper pole, But I couldn’t stand the grind.” I think it is pretty clear that this book should be no where little eyes can see. What book is this? “I Am A Pole (And So Can You)” by Stephen Colbert.

I’m all for freedom of speech, freedom of choice and all that jazz. Trust me, I excercise my rights… a LOT…but common sense has to come into play people.

If you have a Book World near your home. If you agree with my stand. Stop in and let them know. The parents are not happy, this book has to go! I’m not unreasonable. I would be happy if they simply moved it to the adult section of the store. I am sure, like me, parents would like to feel comfortable with letting their children peruse the CHILDRENS section while in the book store. We shouldn’t have to pre screen to make sure cartoon pornography isn’t next to Elmo. I don’t think it’s an unreasonable request.

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