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Guidance Document Change: The guidance document "Model Policies Concerning Instructional Materials with Sexually Explicit Content" was developed in conjunction with stakeholders in order to comply with SB656 (2022).
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8/1/22  3:09 pm
Commenter: Bill

Eyerollingly oppose

I find all of this quite sad. Just because books confuse and anger you doesn't mean you should ban them. Some people actually enjoy reading. If having a conversation with one of those people makes you feel inadequate or talked down to, that's an issue you should really take up with your therapist. There are adult literacy classes available all over the state and it's nothing to be ashamed of. Many people have trouble reading for all sorts of reasons and it's not a reflection on your worth as a person.

Furthermore, the existence of queer people is not inherently sexual, and neither is their depiction in works of fiction. When you make laws like this what you're actually telling us is that you're incapable of acknowledging the existence of queer people without imagining sexually explicit imagery. Again, this is an issue between you and a trained counselor, not the Virginia Legislature. I don't think it's unreasonable to conclude from this that several of our lawmakers have a strange and sexually deviant fixation that needs addressing. I for one find it deeply concerning to know that it is impossible for some of you to have interactions with queer people without picturing them in sexually lewd situations. This speaks to a deep psychological trauma that is in urgent need of attention. Perhaps the mental strain of the job is simply too much and you should consider a different career, one where you're not in danger of encountering something so stressful and challenging as children's literature.

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