Librarian's attitudes toward filtering: The turning

Burt, David DBurt at
Thu May 1 19:46:00 EDT 1997

 Dianne Harmon wrote:

>Did I miss something here?  Why can't Heather has two Mommies be in the
>children's room?  I realize this is web4lib and not pubyac but the Heather
>book needs to be available.  After all -- Heather and her two mommies live
>just down the block and across the street from me.

What you missed, Dianne, is that fact that *I never said Heather
couldn't be in the Children's room*!  I thought it was perfectly obvious
that I was using "Heather" as an example of a challenged material, and a
librarian defending it, and not implying that I thought "Heather" was
pornographic, or inappropriate, or should be removed.  I didn't respond
to Chuck "Porn for Children Now or we go on strike!" (note: this is
sarcasm) Munson's reply because I thought it so absurd I wasn't going to
dignify it with a response.

As much as Munson would like to be able to say I'm a tool of the
Religious Right or whatever, he can't.  So I'll diffuse this tense
situation(note: this is sarcasm) by saying that my library has
"Heather", as well as "Daddy's Roommate", and I have no problem with
either of them being in our children's room.

Never underestimate the power of people on the Internet to misunderstand
one another.


> At 12:06 PM 4/29/97 -0700, you wrote:
> >Mr. Burt wrote:
> >
> >If you say "you can't remove Heather has 2 Mommies from the children's
> >room", aren't you defending Heater in children's room?
> >
> >     Is this, perhaps, a clue as to David Burt's agenda? David, does
> >     "Heather has 2 Mommies" belong in the children's room?
> >
> >     Chuck

Dianne Harmon
Joliet Public Library
Joliet IL 60432
dharmon at

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