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Friday, July 20, 2007 11:33 am
Not All Americans Are Prudes
Posted by: Keir Graff

But some of them are, and some of them work in publishing. From The Independent (“Author’s nude drawings too hot for US publisher,” by Tony Paterson):

One of Germany’s best-selling children’s authors is embroiled in an extraordinary transatlantic row about nudity after a US publisher refused to accept one of her books because it contained naive sketches of an art gallery with works depicting naked bodies.

The Comics Reporter (“American Publisher Passes on German Kids’ Book and Its Cartoon Nudity“) reproduces one of the offending images. (Thanks, Bookslut!)

As the father of two young boys, I can report that young boys are extremely interested in penises. We can tell them that penises do not, in fact, exist, but they do have the means of proving us wrong.

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2 Responses to “Not All Americans Are Prudes”
  1. Carolyn Says:

    The book that was rejected by other American publishers has been picked up by Chronicle Books and will be published in Fall 2008. You can read about it in a posting by Melissa Manlove, Assistant Editor in the Children’s Department, on the Chronicle Books blog at: http://www.chroniclebooks.com/blog/?p=689.

  2. alphadominance Says:

    It’s moronic for those who are repressed and inhibited to try to impose their unhealthy intolerant “morality” on others. The very people who most vociferously criticize people with a well adjusted view of sexuality themselves exhibit poorer morals. They are fighting against their own nature and trying to bring their war to the culture at large. Research indicates that fundamentalist Christians have the highest rate of divorce for instance: http://alphadominance.com/?p=416 Those who claim the highest morality are in fact the least moral among us. Atheists behave better than these imbeciles.
    People are afraid of nudity and sexuality when they have guilt and shame issues over things which are a natural part of humanity. These individuals need therapy, not to have popular culture or legislators listen to their intolerance. Even in the context of marriage we are one of the least sexually satisfied cultures on earth: http://alphadominance.com/?p=510
    What healthy well adjusted Americans need to do is to embrace their sexuality, maintain the emotionally healthy approach to life and rub the noses of the uptight party poopers in it until they loosen up. If it were up to me we’d adopt the European model of normative sexuality, nudity in commercials, topless beaches being the standard, women being able to breastfeed in public without persecution and a sex positive attitude with rational sexual education for our youth to replace the dysfunctional inanity of the “just say no” approach. It’s shown that unwanted pregnancy and transmission of venereal disease declines with realistic sexual education, not with the abstinence only approach. Just look at Sarah Palin’s daughter. Classic case of what teaching stupid fundamentalist values results in. Spare me.


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