April 21, 2007
“Father Says Sons Traumatized By Lesbian Library Book”
From 365Gay.com (emphasis added):
A Bentonville, Arkansas man is demanding the city pay him $20,000 for the pain and suffering of his sons after they discovered a book on lesbian sex in their local library.
“[They were] greatly disturbed” said Earl Adams his letter to the city. “[We had] many sleepless nights in our house.”
Adams wants $10,000 per child, the maximum allowed under the Arkansas obscenity law.
Adams also wants the city to fire library director Cindy Suter.
The boys, aged 14- and 16 came across the book while the 14-year-old was looking for material on military academies.
Somehow I’m a mite bit suspicious of both the father’s motives, as well as the idea that the boys just somehow stumbled upon the book…
The book, “The Whole Lesbian Sex Book” by Felice Newman was moved to an inaccessible area of the library after Adams first complained, and then removed altogether following a second complaint from the man.
In a letter to Mayor Bob McCaslin, Adams said the book is “patently offensive and lacks any artistic, literary or scientific value.”
A city attorney said that Adams’ demand for money is without merit.
The city library board in removing the book said it will look for another volume on lesbians and if something “more appropriate” is not found “The Whole Lesbian Sex Book” will be returned.
“Any effort to reinstate the book will be met with legal action and protests from the Christian community,” Adams stated in an e-mail to the Morning News newspaper.
The paper said that Adams asked to answer questions by e-mail because he said he feared being misquoted.
On second thought, maybe this is just a vaguely paranoid man with a little too much time on his hands… I can’t help but think he’s one of those men who feels threatened by the very idea of lesbians. Women who ostensibly don’t need men? Balderdash!
At any rate, good on the city library board for standing its ground as far as the need for a volume on lesbians goes. Pretending that any sexual proclivities outside the heteronorm don’t exist doesn’t make it so, and I’m always of the opinion that knowledge is better than ignorance.
[h/t to Pam]
*Update: here are some comments on the story as it appeared on a website for local news in northwest Arkansas. Looks like the lawsuit is being met with the incredulity it deserves. Huzzah. 🙂