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5 books that should be immediately banned from schools for promoting heterosexuality

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Schools all over the country are facing demands that they ban books that discuss LGBTQ people because children – sometimes as young as 18-years-old! – shouldn’t be exposed to pornographic concepts like “two male penguins raise a baby penguin” in And Tango Makes Three. 

But one thing being left out of this debate is just how much heterosexuality innocent children are being exposed to in the public school system. Their pure minds are being sullied with knowledge of incest, violence, and perverted acts. All of this is because our politically correct culture doesn’t allow us to question the heterosexual indoctrination of our youth.

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I’m here to sound the alarm and take a stand against a culture that wants to silence my point of view: children shouldn’t be exposed to sexuality at all in schools. They’re there to learn about math, not what people do in the bedroom.

As some very concerned – and very vocal – conservative parents have pointed out this year, telling children to read books with characters who have sexual orientations is basically grooming and the moral equivalent of pedophilia.

But they have oddly only made this point about books featuring LGBTQ people, ignoring the mountains of books with disgusting heteroerotic content that have infiltrated our schools. Children don’t need to know what women and men do to each other. Parents should be the ones to tell their children about heterosexuality.

Now I’m going to give you all some truth here. Be warned that these books aren’t for you – has your child’s teacher ever told you to read one of these? Of course not, they don’t want you to know what they’re teaching.

But just think: if you’re disgusted reading about them here, should your child be reading them at all?

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This book doesn’t just include heterosexuality, it revolves around it. Two people engage in heterosexual sex and then they – and their whole town – just can’t stop thinking about it.

The heterosexuality in this book is so graphic that it made an entire character out of a child born because of the sexual act that the book is about. What kinds of discussions about sex and genitalia are teachers having with minors because of this book?

Some have defended Hawthorne’s work because Hester Prynne, the main character, is being punished for being sexual, but the way she has to wear a scarlet letter on her chest every day in front of everyone in the town to signify her sexual history sounds like a bizarre straight fetish fantasy.

Moreover, even if the message is ultimately good, that’s a conversation for parents to have with their children, not schools.

The worst aspect is the connection between fashion and sex that the book glorifies. Just how many kids read this book and decide they want to wear clothes that show off their sexual conquests? How many who have never had sex before will start just so that they too can wear scarlet letters? I’d rather not think about it.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 

Now many of you may have heard of this book as the charming story of two entirely platonic friends, George and Lennie. But that’s just what the media wants you to think.

The main female character is the wife of Curley. Curley is male. That’s right, they’re married, and we all know what married people do.

Not only that, but the characters discuss her body in sexual ways that really should be reserved for movies sold in brown paper bags.

So don’t be fooled by the cute title; schools that teach this book are trying to get your kids to read about sex.

Homer’s The Odyssey

We all know that the ancient Greeks were perverts, and this book is a favorite of people who wish we could go back to that (lack of) morality.

The entire story is about Odysseus who wants to return home to his wife (see how they always slip that in there?) Penelope, but that’s not the only heterosexual theme in this book.

The book opens with Odysseus stuck on the island that belongs to Circe, a witch who Odysseus has sex with. Repeatedly. It’s frankly alarming that children are reading about Orgy Island in school. There’s also a part about sirens that I can’t even describe here due to the public, group nature of that sexually charged scene.

Back at home, Penelope is doing what she can to stop a whole slew of men who want to have sex with her. While we can commend her strength – to an extent – we all know what she’ll be doing when Odysseus gets home. Do you really want a teacher talking to your child about what all those men will do with Penelope should they marry her?

Sure, Odysseus kills all the suitors in the end, showing that heterosexuals live short and painful lives. But that’s a conversation that parents should have with their children, not teachers!

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

This book is by far the worst on the list. This is a play about teenagers engaging in heterosexuality, and they’re both underage. If that’s not grooming high school students, then I don’t know what is.

The play’s one saving grace is that both Romeo and Juliet die in the end, showing that even William Shakespeare knew that he had to punish them for their immorality.

But… we know how children are. They aren’t going to take the obvious message that heterosexual desire kills; instead, the book will just glorify the concept to them. They will want to repeat what they’re reading, because that’s just how kids are. Just think of the countless children who have tried to assassinate an emperor just because they read Julius Caesar.

Any teacher who defends this play just wants to make the idea of teenage heterosexuality acceptable to children.

1984 by George Orwell 

Another sexual story, this one between two characters named Julia and Winston, who do whatever they can to engage in heterosexuality. The sexual nature of their relationship is highlighted again and again, as if that’s what kids need to read.

While Winston is captured by the Thought Police and reprogrammed in the end – thank goodness – the fact that their government had to go to such great lengths to keep them from having sex will only glamorize the concept in the eyes of children.

“Look at those people who really, really want to have sex! And they’re so counter-cultural!” your son or daughter will think. “I should try straight sex too, right now!”

The book isn’t just erotica. There’s a part that’s about a government trying to control access to information and culture in order to subjugate an entire population, to keep people from learning about their own desires and organizing with one another to become free.

While that’s not sexual, is it a message you’d want your child to be exposed to? It’d make it so much harder to control everything they see if they learn that it’s ok to question authority.

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