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Cork library includes explicit sex material amid children’s books

Cork City Libraries has locked the comment section on a social media post featuring radical sexually explicit books next to books for young children.

“Cork City Council is a proud member of the Rainbow Cities Network,” the post read, adding “Why not pop into your local library to check out the wide range of LGBT stock within!”

An attached photo shows a number of LGBT-themed childrens’ books displayed on a shelf.

One of these books is “This Book Is Gay” by a transgender author named Juno Dawson.

As previously covered by Gript, this book features graphic sex tutorials about bringing men to sexual climax, as well as guides on the mechanics of how to perform anal and oral sex.

These descriptions are featured alongside cartoon illustrations.

“Perhaps the most important skill you will master as a gay or bi man is the timeless classic, the hand job,” the book reads.

“The good news is, you can practise on yourself.”

It also claims that “porn is fine and fun” and that “the prostate gland (located just up your bum) feels amazing when massaged), adding: “Lots of men, gay or straight, like how this feels.”

Beside this book on the same shelf is another book entitled “What’s the T?” by the same author, Juno Dawson, all about transgenderism, as well as “uncensored advice on coming out, sex and relationships.”

Directly beside these is displayed the book “An ABC of Equality” by Chana Ginelle Ewing – an alphabet book teaching children about “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual” identities, among other things.

On Amazon, the book’s author says that the book is aimed at children as young as 3 years old.

The book then explains to said 3-year-olds that children can choose their own gender, even one which is different from their biological sex:

“‘T’ is for transgender – you know best who you are!

Sometimes the sex given by the doctor at birth might not fit with who the person is. A “male” baby may have been assigned the “boy” category but their gender is that of a “girl,” or perhaps no gender assignment at all.”

Elsewhere it adds:

“Gender is a category that describes being a boy, a girl, both, neither (non-binary) and other identities.”

The book later goes on to explain ideas of “consent” for children:

“‘Y’ is for YES! Yes means yes!

Yes is an affirmative response, otherwise known as consent.”

In addition, it introduces children to alternative pronouns, saying that instead of “he” and “she,” they can also use “ze” and “they”:

“Z is for Ze – Get to know she, he, zir, they and more!

Ze is a way to refer to someone instead of using “he” or “she.” Because there are lots of genders, there are lots of ways of describing someone including he/she/they/ze and more.”

Moreover, the book attempts to teach children about politically-charged ideas of “xenophobia,” “race,” “privilege,” “class,” “feminism,” and more.

The comments section on the Cork City Libraries post has since been disabled.

Reacting to the post, several social media users accused the library of “targeting” children.

One individual, who self-identified as “gay”, called the post “quite disturbing.”

Others called it “disgraceful.”

Activist Lynda Kennedy expressed concern with such material, saying that “under 18’s are children, not young adults, and viewing sexual material violates the Children’s First Act 2015.”

She then proceeded to highlight TUSLA’s definition of child abuse, which includes:

– Inviting, coercing or inducing a child to participate in, or to observe, any sexual, indecent or obscene act

– Showing sexually explicit material to children, which is often a feature of the ‘grooming’ process by perpetrators of abuse

– Exposing a child to inappropriate or abusive material through information and communication technology

Gript has previously covered radical sex material in Irish schools extensively in a number of articles and videos, particularly as regards content recommended by the state’s National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).


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