Curious George Is Really Beastiality Porn

That’s what I’m waiting for next….that kindergartners shouldn’t read Curious George because the man in the yellow hat really has the hots for George and does bad bad things to him behind closed doors. When I first heard about what’s going on with Speak, I admit that I didn’t think I was going to post anything on it.  Not because I didn’t care, but I thought there would be so many posts on the topic as was evident by the #speakloudly tag on twitter that what would my post matter. But then I read the article that Wesley Scroggins wrote that stirred up this controversy. And I realized what an idiot he is. And that since his article has been written, Slaughterhouse Five has already been taken off of the curriculum of schools and Twenty Boy Summer is up for review. Is Speak next?

My rage started with the first words out of Scroggins virtual mouth:

my review of the eighth-grade sex education curriculum revealed that children at the middle school are being introduced to concepts such as homosexuality, oral sex, anal sex and specific instructions on how to use a condom and have sex.

Notice his FIRST and foremost concern is that kids are being taught about the HORRORS of homosexuality!!!!!!! Oh dear holy Jesus no! Instead, we should probably be teaching these kids that homosexuality is an abomination and something that you should feel horribly guilty about and repent for so that we can increase the suicide rate even more and assure that any gay kids that ARE in those classes live horrible lives. And of course be sure that the straight kids know to ridicule the gay kids. *end sarcasm* What is WRONG with people???? Being gay is no more a choice than any other factor that you’re born with. Thoughts like the ones that this asshole provokes is what leads to just more and more hatred and prejudice in our country. And he does it all in the name of religion. Love that. And I’ll note that on the day that I discovered this, what made me smile more than anything today were two men who broke the guiness world record for world’s longest kiss with such a positive vibe surrounding them. No negativity like this.

And THEN he goes on to talk about the “dangers” of sex ed…about teaching kids how to use a condom. Yes, I understand that it’s scary to even THINK about teens having sex, especially if they’re your children. And not every teen is going to go out and hook up with everyone they see, but I GUARANTEE you that some teens are going to have sex. That’s a guarantee…not a guess. And I think it’s much more wise that they know how to use contraceptives than not. But Mr. Scroggins doesn’t…oh no no…that’s certainly not a good idea…this isn’t either. Here’s another idiotic statement:

“Sex education curriculum in the fourth grade includes topics on reproduction. Is this what parents and taxpayers in this community want their children exposed to in school? Is this how taxpayers want their tax money used?”

Really Mr. Scroggins? I doubt that they’re flashing giant picture of erect penises and women spread eagle on the big screen in fourth grade classes. I recall knowing in fourth grade that I wasn’t delivered by the stork. And I think that’s a good thing. I would like to think that most parents wouldn’t mind their child knowing where babies come from by fourth grade. This is life!!! Reproduction is a BEAUTIFUL thing!!! It’s amazing what our bodies can do!!! Why do people have to turn something like reproduction into a horrible sin? Oh the horrors! Don’t utter the words penis..vagina…sperm…egg…uterus..all BAD BAD WORDS!!! That type of ignorance CAUSES horrors Mr. Scroggins. And I haven’t even gotten to the most horrifying part of your article yet. When we’re afraid and ashamed to talk about our own bodies, that’s when silence begins. That’s when hurt and pain begins. When misunderstanding begins. And you misunderstand so many things.

“In high school English classes, children are required to read and view material that should be classified as soft pornography. One such book is called “Speak.” They also watch the movie. This is a book about a very dysfunctional family. Schoolteachers are losers, adults are losers and the cheerleading squad scores more than the football team. They have sex on Saturday night and then are goddesses at church on Sunday morning. The cheer squad also gets their group-rate abortions at prom time. As the main character in the book is alone with a boy who is touching her female parts, she makes the statement that this is what high school is supposed to feel like. The boy then rapes her on the next page. Actually, the book and movie both contain two rape scenes.”

With this statement you just disgust me more than anything. I’m being honest with my emotions here. You disgust me and hurt me and you have no idea just how many people you have hurt. To equate a book about rape with soft core pornography is just ignorance. I sincerely hope, from the bottom of my heart, that you or no one that you know ever have to go through this. And god help you if someone you love has because they’ll never feel comfortable talking to someone like you about it. They’ve lost that support if they ever had it.

First of all, children are never required to do anything. I’m sure a parent can say that they would not like their children to read that book. We don’t live in the book 1984, though you’re trying to put us there by doing the same thing you claim others do…forcing schools to BAN books. Speak is not about sex for fun with teens and group rate abortions and loser school teachers and all of the other stupid things you mention. But you know what? THOSE THINGS DO HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE!! It’s time to accept that! Speak is about RAPE. Hence the title. A girl who can’t speak for herself. A girl who can’t speak for herself because of people like you! People like you who silence her and make her feel ashamed and belittled. Like she’s nothing but a piece of trash that belongs in some kind of horrible softporn film. “Alone with a boy who is touching her female parts”?! And you make this out to be PORN?! Did we read the same book???

One good thing came out of your article and that is the outcry of outrage. That is the multitude of voices that are SPEAKING now! I’ve read stories of people coming out about their own rapes. I’ve read all sorts of LGBT activists posts because of your horrendous thoughts. And I’ve read posts that cross between the two. What you have done is nothing but display your ignorance.

Keep Speaking World…Speak Loud…Be Heard..

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16 Responses

  1. Bravo! *claps*

    Heavens, no, let’s not waste our tax dollars on teaching kids about basic reproduction and safe sex. I’ve got a better idea, why don’t we just pretend that the reproductive system doesn’t exist and that all the kids are going to remain happily abstinent until they’re married (because, hey, that’s worked so far, right?)? Obviously, turning a blind eye to reality is the most effective way to teach our children and prepare them for lives as adults who can function responsibly in today’s world!

    And all this from a guy who appears to be too petrified of sex to refer to “female parts” by their actual names even when addressing an adult audience. Why must people perpetuate this climate of shame and fear about our bodies and what they do? There’s nothing inherently *wrong* or *shameful* about our bodies and how they work.

    And don’t even get me started on the whole calling Speak porn. That is just beyond asinine, and such an excellent, important book deserves better, MUCH MUCH better.

    That we even need to talk about this kind of ignorance is just a travesty.

    Great post, Chris.

  2. You tell him Chris! His statements are so reprehensible, but what a powerful anti-him movement in response. I just hope it’s enough to keep the book from being banned.

  3. Bravo, Chris! A truly excellent post and I’m so glad you did add your voice to all the others. The more who speak up the better.

    As an aside, what age are fouth graders? We’ve just had the basic “reproduction” talk with our 6 1/2 year old because he was ready to know. (I can recommend a fantastic book for younger kids if anyone wants.) He’s in what we call Year 2 here (New Zealand; it’s his second year of school) so I’m guessing fourth graders would be at least 2 years older. Good grief, I hate to think what he might hear/come up with in another 2 years if we didn’t take charge and make sure he learned the facts in a sensible and age-appropriate manner.

  4. This is the post I wish I had had the eloquence to write. And I agree with every. single. word. The whole thing made me angry, but the “learning about homosexuals” comment made me blind with rage, although I love love love that it’s the same day those college boys broke the Guiness record … /random.

    Anyway. Thank you for channelling your rage so well, and articulately, and for saying so well the things I was thinking but couldn’t put into words.

    #speakloudly ❤

  5. Chris, you are awesome.

    This whole thing disgusts me. I’m glad that so many people are speaking out against Scroggins and in favour of SPEAK’s message. Silence is violence. We need to make sure that rape victims know that they can talk about their experiences and seek help. People like Scroggins need to realize that rape isn’t sex–it’s a particularly personal, painful form of violence.

  6. ARGH! How frustrating. My mother teaches 6th and 7th grade science and believer it or not she has pregnant students and has, on more than one occasion, found students having oral sex. Believe it or not, Mr. Scroggins, kids are having sex these days.

    Hope is in 5th grade and it is disturbing that children as young as she are oversexed and having sex, so yes, they should know about safe sex practices. Also, Speak is a powerful book. If something ever happened to Hope or she had a friend who was the victim of sexual violence I can imagine Speak helping to work through issues and encouraging girls to speak out about such violences. Rape is not “soft core porn” and if Mr. Scroggins was even mildly aroused he should be smacked.

    Honestly, if kids turn to sex it IS NOT because of literature. I think it has more to do with giving thirteen year old children sexy clothes, credit cards, cell phones, and unlimited freedom.

    (anger boiling)

  7. Another note: on Hope’s school pick-up permissions list we’ve listed our friend Shannon as the co-parent. She is lesbian and one of the most wonderful people we could ask for in Hope’s life. She truly is a co-parent, she attends soccer games, helps with homework, and is all around wonderful. So Hope knows about “homosexuals” in that people may love different types of people, but all that matters is that they love each other. (raises middle finger to Mr. Scroggins)

  8. Great post! My stepdaughter is ten and in fifth grade. While I obviously don’t want her to grow up too soon (what parent does?), kids her age need to be educated. It is ludicrous to think we can just bury our heads in the sand.

  9. My sister read that article and said it was obviously satire and she refuses to believe that any real person would use the phrase “female parts” or say that kids were (my favorite bit!) “using condoms to have sex”. Alas, I fear she underestimates the calibre of stupidity in our world.

  10. Thanks sweetie. I wish I could say more, but I’ve yet to be able to say anything about what that fucking asshole said. You know, because he essentially said that what happened to me was porn, was entertainment, that I should have kept my mouth shut forever… There’s just so much to say about this jerk’s article, and yet I feel like I can’t put two coherent words together. So, yes, thanks again. And thank you to everyone else out there who is speaking loudly.

  11. And I’ve just put it on hold at my library…well done Mr. Scroggins. Although I’m sure it doesn’t free great to have your book challenged like this, Laurie Halse Anderson should probably be thanking this closed-minded man for all the free publicity for her book!

  12. He would shit his pants if he read Push!

    Sorry, that was my first thought. You said it better than I possibly could’ve. I’m as outraged as everyone else, and as an educator, this hits far too close to home. I was consistently scared of the challenging issue when I was a high school teacher in NC, but was lucky enough to pass under the radar. The community I lived in was ripe for this type of really stupid controversy.

  13. Wonderfully said. I think most sane people agree with you. I read the original article that guy wrote, and the first ten or so comments (I didn’t read them all) pointed out his bigotry and complete misunderstanding of the book Speak. Even kids from schools in his district were defending those books! The kids themselves!

  14. Very well put Chris. The man is clearly a deluded moron, unfortunately they ten to be the most dangerous kind.

  15. Wow…thank you so much for the amazing comments everyone! I have a screaming migraine right now, so I’ll be back later to reply individually to everyone, but I just wanted to say thank you. And KEEP SPEAKING 😀

  16. I love it. Bravo!

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