Return of the "Sex Closet"?

Back in the day, some libraries, if they had any, would keep their books locked up in a "sex closet" to keep the weak minded from falling prey to over stimulation. Over the years, along with the buns, we've loosened things up a bit. Not enough, in my opinion, but we've certainly been making progress. Now, in Houston, we may be seeing movement back to hiding sex. What on earth is so wrong with sex that we are afraid of it and we feel the need to hide it? We have all of Ann Rule's books on the shelves describing, in gory detail, the actions of socio- and psychopaths. But, we can't keep a book on the shelf that talks about sex. Go figure.

"Porn queen Jenna Jameson calls her autobiography a "cautionary tale," and Mayor Bill White is taking precautions about making it available to Houston library patrons.

White recently ordered that the library's dozen copies of Jameson's best-selling How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale be removed from open shelves.

In making his decision, White sidestepped the committee process that Houston's libraries typically use to evaluate complaints about items in their collections."

Houston Chronicle

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Re:sex closet?

I thought the same thing, except I imagined a Trading Spaces style make-over of the closet in question. What magic could Hilda and Vern come up with?

Oh Frank Bielec, when will you realize the two of us are meant to be...

Re:Ann Rule's Manual On How To Chop People Up

It is, but I would also have to argue that you're comparing apples to oranges. Sex, which seems to be at the top of quite a few lists of material to excise from the library, is an activity that most people and enjoy and engage in. I don't think the same came be said for chopping people up. And that was my point. We have tons of books about aberrant criminal behavior. Our true crime section is far larger than our collection of books devoted solely to sex. Doesn't that seem backwards and twisted?

Re:Ann Rule's Manual On How To Chop People Up

I'm comparing apples to oranges? You're the one who keeps making the comparison.

Yes of course more people screw than hack but thats the point. The more something happens the higher the odds of that something going wrong. The common leads to the complacent leads to misuse. Its why we have things like AIDs and abortion and single-parent homes.

If you don't learn to respect something that is an integral part of your existence it will burn you.

Re:Ann Rule's Manual On How To Chop People Up

LOL.. guilty on the Ann Rule vs. Sex thing.

Well, yes, anything taken to excess can be bad. Something done irresponsibly and recklessly will cause harm.

We have books on rock climbing, but we don't put them in a special place when people forget to wear a safety harness. We have books on guns, but don't put the books in a special place when someone leaves a loaded gun within reach of their child. I think you get the point. Hell, we have books that teach you to make wine and beer. How many deaths and destroyed families are there every year from Alcoholism and alcohol related fatalities? If we're going to start taking responsibility for individual acts of irresponsiblity, where do we draw the line with our collection? Again, why is it Sex that is such a problem, and not other books that affirmatively address activities that have societally destructive results?

Re:Ann Rule's Manual On How To Chop People Up

You keep making up extremes instead of dealing with the problem right in front of your face. This isn't about rock climbing or even sex in general. You have book in your hand by a (in)famous porn star that is titled "How To Make Love Like A Porn Star". Should it go on the shelf? Should teens be able to look at it? Should preteens? Make a decision. Write a policy. Whichever, but do it based on what you *are* dealing with not about what you *might* be dealing with or what you probably will never be dealing with because the fact is nobody is writing books on how to become an alchoholic or a serial killer. You're running all around the mulberry bush just so you don't have to stand there and *make* *a* *decision*.

Re:Ann Rule's Manual On How To Chop People Up

Well, you never asked me to make a decision Greg, so I think your accusation that I'm avoiding it is misplaced.

I would place it on the adult non-fiction shelves. I don't think it should be hidden away because of the harm that it *might* cause. Unless you can show me *real* harm that this particular book has done, then why shouldn't it be kept on the regular shelves?

Re:Ann Rule's Manual On How To Chop People Up

If your going to sit in judgement on other people's decisions its assumed you have a better alternative. If you're just interested in offering jokes and sarcasm feel free to say so.

I've already explained the *real* harm:

"The more something happens the higher the odds of that something going wrong. The common leads to the complacent leads to misuse. Its why we have things like AIDs and abortion and single-parent homes.

If you don't learn to respect something that is an integral part of your existence it will burn you."

If libraries leaving how-to's by porn stars on open shelves isn't complacency I don't know what is.

Re:Ann Rule's Manual On How To Chop People Up

You have offered a generality. Something that you seemed frustrated with me about. You have now offered a generality. How, specifically, has this particular book harmed someone to the point that access to it needs to be restricted? How has reading this particular book led to AIDs or single-parent homes?

I wasn't aware that in criticizing the mayor of Houston, I was required to provide my own alternative. If you had wanted to know what my alternative was, all you had to do was ask. Or, if we're assuming, you could have assumed that I agreed with the librarians in Houston and believe that the book belonged on the regular non-fiction shelves. There is no sarcams intended in this, or my last, post. I am guilty, frequently, of sarcasm. But in the last two instances, that is not the case. I was very sincere in my confusion over your apparent frustration in not providing an alternative. As I said before, if you had asked, I would have been happy to do so. In fact, that is what I did.

Re:Ann Rule's Manual On How To Chop People Up

"I wasn't aware that in criticizing the mayor of Houston, I was required to provide my own alternative."

Required? No, but it kinda puts in context don't you think?

Re:Ann Rule's Manual On How To Chop People Up

I do. I also believe that asking would have worked nicely.

Re:Ann Rule's Manual On How To Chop People Up

No. You make your own arguements, you choose what you want to say first. That your willing to go off into tangents instead of confronting the issue says a lot.

Re:Ann Rule's Manual On How To Chop People Up

Exactly. And if there is some clarification you desire, it is your responsibility to ask for it. The nature of diaries and blogs lend themselves to tangents. If that frustrates you, I'm sorry. I have not noticed that you are any more concious of that in your writing than I am. People in glass houses.

sex closet?

I was taking you literally, and imagined a closet where people could join something like the Mile High Club for libraries. I see marketing potential....

Re:sex closet?

LOLOL.. ummmm... no. At a Medical School library I worked at, it had been an actual closet that was locked. With all the books about sex inside of it. We already have enough problems with the Jr. High Crowd and the elevator.

Ann Rule's Manual On How To Chop People Up

If that had been the title of one her books you might hear a little more uproar.

Re:Ann Rule's Manual On How To Chop People Up

LOL... so just give it a good title? Call it "The Joy of Sex" instead of "How to Screw", and everything is OK, even if the content is the same? Somethings I'm convinced that we live in a truly twisted country. Packaging is everything.

Re:Ann Rule's Manual On How To Chop People Up

Of course packaging is everything. How you present something helps define how its received from the title to the content. Would a simple title change solve this problem? No not quite. Its a little more involved than that.

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