'Gender Queer' and many other books banned by school systems (by both Right and Left)



Wednesday, December 15, 2021

"Gender Queer", a comic book by Maia Kobabe, leads to protests from parents when in school libraries, such as a protest at Dolly Madison Library Dec 11 in MacLean VA

The presence of this book in some northern Virginia school libraries, restored in Fairfax County, led to protests by some parents near a library in McLean on Saturday Dec. 11

The book is a  comic, graphic non-fiction autobiography “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe, by Oni Lion Forge, OSBN 1-5493-0400-2m printed in China, 240 pages. The style is that of a graphic novel.

A teen (born as a girl) grows up in northern California as asexual and non-binary.  She ('e') proposes that the English language adopt new pronouns e, em, and eir as singular non-binary. As a practical matter it sounds fine, but some people won't want to admit that non-binary persons can exist.  

There are many pages where 'e' questions the biological changes as puberty approaches, ranging from leg hair (around p 40) to breasts and the need to wear a chest strap for a high school musical, even tat the risk of cracked ribs!

There is a writeup and video of the protest Dec 11 here.

The Washington Post discusses this book and nine others that have been banned in some public school libraries, in the article  These are books school systems don’t want you to read, and why ’ by Laura Meckler and Perry Stein, April 28, 2022.  The books include ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee, ‘New Kid’ by Jerry Craft, ‘The Complete Maus’ by Art Spiegelman, ‘The 1619 Project: The New Origin Story’ by Nikole Hannah-Jones and the New York Times Magazine, ‘And Tango Makes Three’ by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, ‘Out of Darkness’ by Ashley Hope Perez, ‘Stamped: Racism, Anti-racism and You’ by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, ‘The Bluest Eye’ by Toni Morrison, and ‘It’s Perfectly Normal’ by Robert H. Harris and Michael Emberley.

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Labels: book previews, gender identity