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02/22/2008

Audio: They must've read 'And Tango Makes Threesomes' instead

by Jeremy Hooper

Those Concerned Women For America are once again concerned about something gay-related. This time it's And Tango Makes Three, that much debated children's book about gay penguins raising a family. Listen in:


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"Sexually explicit"?!?! Are you ladies being serious right now, or is this a parody of socially conservative reactionary thought!? Because those of us who've actually read the book know that the charming children's tale is about as sexual as a nun who was born without genitalia! And these fallacious attempts to make it look graphically sex-based are absolutely enraging!

When children's books feature a prince charming and some sort of damsel in distress who ultimately winds up in the aforementioned royal's arms, social conservatives deem the story nothing more than a simple matter of love. But when it involves gay couples, they consider the exact same concepts to be disgusting sin orgies that will warp the impressionable kids' minds. Never mind that gay families have kids in these same public schools. Never mind that gay children have struggled for years in environments that, from day one, has fed them the message that they are "abnormal." For folks like Janice Crouse and Martha Kleder, children's books geared towards the hetero mindsets are simply called Cinderella, while ones geared towards gay lives and loves are classified as a Sin-that-will-take-ya-to-hella. And it's these attempts to ignore actuality and demonize a population sect in order to appease their religious viewpoints that constitutes true "indoctrination"!

And Tango Makes Three [CWA]

***UPDATE: Daimeon from Pam's House Blend emailed Janice Crouse about her labeling the book "sexually explicit." She told him it was "error" and that she was "thinking about another book:

Damn Kinky Penguins! [PHB]

But regardless of which of the major gay children's books she may have been thinking of (likely King & King), none of them are truly "sexually explicit." So while we accept that she made a mistake, the mentality of viewing hetero-centric books in one way and homo-centric ones in another would seem to be the larger error.

***UPDATE2: CWA has now pulled the audio.

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