“Gay” Penguin book

Mandrake pointed me to this article:

A children’s book about two male penguins who raise a baby penguin has been moved to the nonfiction section of two public library branches after parents complained it had homosexual undertones.

You can read the article here: ‘Gay’ penguins book frozen out in Missouri libraries

This is kind of a typical dilemma that libraries have to face from time to time. Personally, I think that it should have stayed in the picture book section. But that’s just my opinion. At least they didn’t totally censor the book by taking it out of the collection. I think the difficulty of public libraries is that balance between keeping your patrons happy and censorship.

Interestingly, I just watched “March of the Penguins” last night. It was a really cute movie. And after watching it and seeing the way Penguins mate, I can totally see how this situation could happen. Like, maybe the mother died while out getting food? So the two males took care of the baby together, because it seems like it does take two parents to raise up the baby penguin. One of them goes out and seeks food while the other keeps the baby warm. I think it’s silly for Republicans to jump on this as a “gay” issue. On the other hand, I haven’t seen the book so I can’t say whether the writer was presenting the penguins as gay. But so what if they were? It’s kind of a nice analogy that shows that two members of the same sex, who love each other, can successfully raise a child. Why people think this is a bad thing is totally beyond me.

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3 thoughts on ““Gay” Penguin book

  1. I totally agree with you. I don’t understand how it’s being deemed a ‘gay’ issue? Why can’t it be more of a parable of ‘it takes a village to raise a child’? Were the two male penguins having sex or were they just ‘life partners’? I’m sure there are many other species of animals in which both sexes would let a baby die rather than raise one that wasn’t there own. Hmmm…even humans can be that way sometimes. Maybe we should look to penguins for our cues on how to be better humans.

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  2. Now Christie, if the penguin didn’t pull himself up by his bootstraps then it’s just wrong. It doesn’t fit into the Republican mindset. I mean a village raising a child, then who would they blame for bring the child in the world. And the notion of personal responsibility, completely unheard of in Republican circles. That kind of stuff boards on being seditious. We must not even thing of it. The next thing you know you’ll have nationalized health care and a living wage for all Americans. THE HORROR!!!

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  3. Now Christie, if the penguin didn’t pull himself up by his bootstraps then it’s just wrong. It doesn’t fit into the Republican mindset. I mean a village raising a child, then who would they blame for bring the child in the world. And the notion of personal responsibility, completely unheard of in Republican circles. That kind of stuff boards on being seditious. We must not even thing of it. The next thing you know you’ll have nationalized health care and a living wage for all Americans. THE HORROR!!!

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