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'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

ASSOCIATED PRESS: A Southern California school district has pulled dictionaries from classrooms because a parent complained when a child came across the term "oral sex."

District officials said Friday that the Menifee Union School District—which serves 9,000 kindergartners through eight graders in Riverside County—is forming a committee to consider a permanent classroom ban of the Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

A memo from Assistant Superintendent Karen Valdes acknowledged it is a respected resource but district officials found that "a number of referenced words are age-inappropriate."

School officials will review the dictionary to decide if it should be permanently banned because of the "sexually graphic" entry, district spokeswoman Betti Cadmus told The Press-Enterprise. "It's just not age appropriate.''

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010...ban-us-schools
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Seriously?!?!?

What. The. ****.

Isn't looking up naughty words in the dictionary and giggling with your friends, like a rite of passage?
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You don't just stumble across a word in the dictionary. It's got a brazillion pages in it. If they're looking it up, it's because they've heard the term and if they've heard the term then the ship has sailed on protecting their innocent little brains from the evil s.e.x.
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Is it an illustrated dictionary?

HP, I sort of imagine you like Barney- with less hair. -Maccabeth
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is it weird that I just looked up oral sex on wikipedia?

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is it weird that I just looked up oral sex on wikipedia?
I was looking up the word "is"
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The word gullible isn't in the dictionary. Isn't that weird?
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Do people really think they can keep their little angels from ever having or hearing about sex? Are they going to remove the internets too? No, they can't block everything.

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What's this oral sex everyone is talking about?
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What's this oral sex everyone is talking about?
You need an oral dictionary to look it up.

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That's just crazy.

I'm hoping that when Ev is old enough to look up oral sex and has questions about it, that he'll come to me and his Dad...and giggle and go through the rite of passage that WE did back in the day.

I think it's crazy to assume you can protect your kids from everything. The best I can do and hope for as a parent is that, because of a strong relationship, my kid relies on ME for info.
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banning a book was the best way to get me to read it.
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You don't just stumble across a word in the dictionary. It's got a brazillion pages in it. If they're looking it up, it's because they've heard the term and if they've heard the term then the ship has sailed on protecting their innocent little brains from the evil s.e.x.
They might have been looking up Oral Roberts and happened to stumble across it.

That being said, I think it's crazy to to ban the dictionary.

I suppose the Bible should be next, for there's all kinds of sex going on within its pages.
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I suppose the Bible should be next, for there's all kinds of sex going on within its pages.
Some sex, lots of violence.
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Where's Moe's voice here????/

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Really?
I'm just.........

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Struck SPEECHLESS!

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Let's swim!
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The word gullible isn't in the dictionary. Isn't that weird?


I'm going to assume you are fucking with me, and not go pull out my dictionary to make sure.

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New marketing opportunity - the Christian bible.
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My school has 300 kids in a French Immersion program. I have been there less than a month and already about 50 of them have asked me what the word for seal is in French.

Stupid little phoquers.
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I think the world has lost it's fucking mind.

I really do.

Every little thing people complain about now. It's ridiculous.

Tell your little precious "snowflakes" that looking up stuff like that is bad. Don't single out the **** dictionary or the school associated with it because it has words and phrases in it. What would you have them do...look for every single word/phrase that's objectionable, and if one is in there, you ban that dictionary? Guess what? You won't find ANY dictionaries for your school.

****...we are are going to ****, and we're already in the handbasket. We've been there for quite a while.
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I think that area is very religious...or at least it seems like it to me when you pass a gazillion church "compounds" as you get nearby.
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