Rebecca from Dirty Sexy Books!
Rebecca, drop me an e-mail (you can find it here) with your mailing address and I'll pass it along to the good peeps at Harlequin. They'll be the ones mailing you your prize.
In the Please Stop Making My Brain Bleed department - a school district here in sunny So. Cal. has pulled the 10th edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary from classrooms after a parent complained that a student apparently "stumbled" across the definition for oral sex.
Yeah, sure....stumbled across it.
Apparently this filthy dictionary had been purchased a few years earlier for the 4th and 5th grade classrooms. Now, in the sake of full disclosure - I'm not a parent. So feel free to disregard my opinion if you feel me having a Gone Fishin' sign on my ovaries renders me ignorant. But here it goes:
1) Looking up "dirty" words in the dictionary is a time-honored tradition among our youth. I went to school with several boys who considered this an extracurricular activity. Some of them turned out to be productive members of society. The others? Trust me, they all had bigger issues than looking up "dirty" words in the dictionary.
2) According to Merriam-Webster online, the definition of oral sex is
oral stimulation of the genitals : cunnilingus, fellatioWhich will likely have kids flipping through the dictionary to find out what "oral," "stimulation," "genitals," "cunnilingus," and "fellatio" mean. Heh. Also, I defy anyone to find me an unsexier definition of oral sex. I say it's not possible.
3) The bigger story here is that there was a kid out there that a) knew how to use a dictionary and b) even knew what a dictionary was. Frankly that's the part of this story that I find the most shocking.
4) Some kids are blissfully naive (my reaction at that age would have been "ewwww, gross!") and some are not. Parents, your kids could fall into the "not" category - especially if some of the stories I've heard over the years about pregnant 6th graders, BJ contests and what teenagers think are viable birth control options are true. ::shudder::
Now, I don't know for sure - but I don't think we can blame these ills on the dictionary. Just going out on a limb with that one. Parents - you have bigger fish to fry than good ol' Noah Webster. Says me. For a change of pace, let's try directing all that parental concern down more useful, and needed, avenues. Shall we? If you're at a loss, a helpful To Do List will be provided upon request.
My library's 4th annual literary event is coming up in April, which means I need to buckle down and get my "homework reading" done for the romance genre panel. In the coming weeks I'll be posting reviews for books by Tessa Dare, HelenKay Dimon and Linda Wisdom. Historical, sexy contemporary and Funny Ha Ha paranormals. Whether or not I'll "like" all of these books is completely incidental when I'm preparing for a presentation of this type. It's more about familiarizing myself with the author's work. It also makes it pretty darn easy to run a decent panel discussion when the moderator knows what the hell she's talking about. Plus I think the audience appreciates it.