More talk on scrotums:

Ms. Nilsson, reached at Sunnyside Elementary School in Durango, Colo., said she had heard from dozens of librarians who agreed with her stance. “I don’t want to start an issue about censorship,” she said. “But you won’t find men’s*** genitalia in quality literature. At least not for children.”

Oh yeah? In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak, Caldecott Honor

***PS. Dana Nilsson also seems confused about the differences in species: all men may be dogs in her mind, but that scrotum belonged to a canine, not a human.

PPS. For the duration, all of my posts will include the gratuitous addition of the word censor scrotum, including revised versions of recent posts.

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  1. literaticat February 17, 2007 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    I thought of one immediately, too –

    (Newbery Winner) Lois Lowry’s Anastasia who almost names her little brother ONE-BALL REILLY.

  2. thunderchikin February 17, 2007 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Ooo, you’re quick.

  3. c_moonshower February 17, 2007 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Chikin, I’m balls to the walls, or I’d think up another book with anatomical goodies in it. Give me a day or two to ponder.
    ;> Candie

  4. thunderchikin February 17, 2007 at 8:18 pm - Reply


  5. davidlubar February 18, 2007 at 10:38 am - Reply

    I’m trying to start a movement to refer to all over-the-top censors as “nut sacs.”

  6. davidlubar February 18, 2007 at 10:54 am - Reply


    From Dunk, chpt. 29, page 187:

    “You can come up if you promise not to kick me in the balls again,” he said.

  7. thunderchikin February 18, 2007 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Good thing you didn’t say scrotum. Your book would be featured on the NYT, and lots of people would be buying it.


  8. thunderchikin February 18, 2007 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    We’re of like minds. Two peas in a pod.

  9. kellyrfineman February 19, 2007 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Location: sacked out

    It’s good that you’re taking a firm stance on the use of the word scrotum. I hate when authors flop around on issues.

  10. thunderchikin February 19, 2007 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    If we don’t stand firm, the censors will become more bold in their attempts to emasculate us all.

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