" Passages like these have put the book, the recipient of the 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, at the center of a debate to have it removed from New London-Spicer's required reading list.
In 2010, Missouri's Stockton School Board voted 7-0 to remove it from its library after a parent complained.
I've even stared down a member of the Taliban in Afghanistan when he told my escort that I was out of line for speaking too loudly in public.
But for some reason, whenever I've had to talk to someone about matters pertaining to sex, my heart begins to pulsate wildly and I start to giggle involuntarily.
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Grannie proceeded to tell me that all of her interactions with her husband, my grandfather, happened in the dark. Spect's 5th grade class, a permission slip went out to all of the parents for consent to allow their kid to sit through a two-hour sex ed discussion.
Inevitably though, when asking about specifics, I become that little girl, who at 8 years old was told by my grandmother, "never let a man see you naked — even your husband." Yes, she really said that. My other grandmother, a devout Christian, had persistent, dire warnings for me: "never commit the sex sin." Then, in Mrs.
And that, as I've learned first-hand, can adversely affect one's relationships and health.
Now in my forties, I can honestly say that my inability to talk about sex has led to some risky behavior throughout my life.
I haven't always been responsible about condom or birth control use, so I've left myself open on numerous occasions to unwanted pregnancies and STDs, both of which are rampant in our country, the latter now more than ever.
While our teenage and unwanted pregnancy rates have declined significantly, we lag far behind many other industrialized nations, and have gaping disparities based on race/ethnicity, income and geographical location.