The definition of “sexually explicit” in Virginia’s law is far too broad and vague. A parent could effectively ban a book for an entire classroom based on a single scene or paragraph. As importantly, the bill discounts the expertise of educators who are trained to teach students about complex concepts and subjects, and keeps students from being exposed to diverse viewpoints and stories. This law intimidates teachers and denies students of of a broad and balanced educational experience that includes many perspectives.
Virginia’s children deserve to grow up into well-rounded individuals who can think for themselves, who value truth, diversity, equity, and justice, and who realize Virginia is better when it makes a space for all of its people. This law will potentially limit honest discussions of race, culture, sexual orientation, and gender identity all because one self-righteous parent wants to censor any views contrary to their own.