Bookshelf: Banned Books Week

BY Diane Anderson-Minshall

September 29 2011 5:00 PM ET

 Deal With It! A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain and Life as a gURL  (Gallery Books, 1999) $15
Authors Esther Drill, Heather McDonald, and Rebecca Odes, creators of gURL.com, watched their hugely popular website blossom and realized that girls were as eager to find out about sex and love as they were. So they answered the call with Deal With It! A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain and Life as a gURL. But parents in Texas and Arkansas didn’t like that the book — aimed at those 12 and up — says being queer is not a choice and talked plenty about LGBT birds and bees (including what two girls do in bed, how dental dams work, and masturbation methods). The Library Patrons of Texas accused the book of being “happily nonphallocentric” while Fayetteville, Ark.’s Parents Protecting the Minds of Children said it “promoted a homosexual agenda.”

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