'Oral sex' definition prompts dictionary ban in US schools

Francis Hult francis.hult at utsa.edu
Tue Jan 26 03:52:24 UTC 2010


The Guardian

 

'Oral sex' definition prompts dictionary ban in US schools

 

A parent's complaint over a 'sexually graphic' definition has seen dictionaries removed from southern Californian schools

 

Dictionaries have been removed from classrooms in southern California schools after a parent complained about a child reading the definition for "oral sex".

 

Merriam Webster's 10th edition, which has been used for the past few years in fourth and fifth grade classrooms (for children aged nine to 10) in Menifee Union school district, has been pulled from shelves over fears that the "sexually graphic" entry is "just not age appropriate", according to the area's local paper.

 

Full story:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jan/25/oral-sex-dictionary-ban-us-schools

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