Back from Maine, yet I can’t get the Pine Tree State out of my thoughts.
Paste passes along a story about a Maine woman who refuses to return a sex-ed book to the library, claiming it obscene.
After checking out It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health, Karkos sent a letter to both libraries, informing them that she did not intend to return the book. She claimed that it violated the city’s obscenity ordinance and enclosed a check for $20.95 to cover the cost. Lewiston Library director Rick Speer returned her check, informing her that he would seek help from the police if she refused to bring back the stolen property.
That’s when he received a second letter: “The truth is the contents of the book in question leads to a lot of misery, pain, lack of freedom, and often death.”
Yeah, the death of my raging sexual appetite.
I can’t tell what is least surprising about this story: that it’s occuring in Maine in 2008 but would probably have been laughed at in Massachusetts in 1968, that someone is overreacting to sex ed, or that someone is lowering the sexual content of the Lewiston-Auburn area.