Susan Patron on Scrotum controversy
Why has one word, "scrotum," generated such controversy and heated debate over my book, "The Higher Power of Lucky"? Lucky, the protagonist, overhears the word on the first page, doesn't know what it means, and wonders; but there's no one she can trust enough to ask about it. The tiny town of Hard Pan, Calif., hasn't many resources for a curious, vulnerable 10-year-old trying to figure out how the world works.
As a writer of creative fiction myself, I know very well that when the censormorons cry "Did you have to use 'that' word?" the answer is almost invariably, "Yes"."