Alex Blaze

Gays Win 'Most Frequently Challenged Book' List Again

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 12, 2011 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Fundie Watch
Tags: heterosexual privilege, homophobic behavior, penguin, religious right

The American Library Association has its list of most frequently challenged books of 2010 out, and And Tango Makes Three topped the list. Tangopenguin.jpgTango topped the list from 2006 to 2008, dropping to number two in 2009 (knocked off by Lauren Myracle's Internet Girls series, the same author who was almost dropped by Scholastic for including lesbian parents in another one of her books). The book was published in 2005.

This shows that, once again, mixing children with gay people is a recipe for head explosion. Somehow people have come to believe that heterosexuality, which children are bombarded with daily in all its forms, is not a sexual orientation and has nothing to do with sex. The parents from the Berenstein Bears don't set off alarms, but Tango's parents do. The solution is to perhaps just remind straight people that they can't write heterosexual without "sex."

Also interesting is the main argument that conservatives like to use against this book, that Tango's parents had female mates later on. Perhaps that's because chinstrap penguins aren't monogamous animals and the sex of their mates isn't necessarily going to be the opposite of their own because sexuality is more complicated than that. Arguing that these penguins didn't mate with the same-sex for life but are instead serially monogamous pansexuals doesn't support the "humans must find one opposite-sex sexual partner and only have sex with her or him for life" rule.

I would suggest reading this book to get into the spirit of Banned Books Week (in the fall) just to have an idea of how little homosexuality is required to get some people into want to burn books.

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"Somehow people have come to believe that heterosexuality, which children are bombarded with daily in all its forms, is not a sexual orientation and has nothing to do with sex."

Well put. One of my pet peeves.

That penguin is an ulterior motive, I'm sure. You can never trust the penguins.