Editor: Mr. Henshaw is correct that “our society has been identifying and classifying such content literally for decades.” Going on to say that we have been rating other media such as podcasts, movies, television and music. Now, just because we “have” doesn’t mean that we “should”.
The curriculum offered in our school system is biased toward the experience of those in power. Therefore, to censor content particularly LGBTQ+ content and of LGBTQ+ writers/sources, is exercising discrimination from those in power by not allowing these voices the focus and space that they are long overdue.
I would still like a definition of what falls under “graphic content.” I will not hold my breath.The only solution that I can think of that may appease Mr. Henshaw and others with similar viewpoints is that just as for FLE, Family Life Education, we allow a permission slip to be signed that would give parents who wish to have this control over their child to opt-out of borrowing books from the school library. This would give those parents the opportunity to escort their children to the many public libraries and bookstores across Loudoun County.
Think of it as a bonding activity. Books can bring people together. Having an open dialogue with your child, whatever side of this issue you are on, can only be a positive experience.
Francine Works, Leesburg