Libraries, Librarians, and America’s War on Sex

Intellectual Freedom Round Table, Midwinter Meeting/Annual Conference

One of the most frequently challenged genres of book is the sex-ed book. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris, The New Joy of Gay Sex, by Charles Silverstein, and What’s Happening to My Body?, by Lynda Madaras all regularly appear on the Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Top 10 lists of most frequently challenged books.

Access to sexual information, though, is a fundamental human right. So why does the subject — and the very concept of access — attract so much vicious opposition? The Intellectual Freedom Round Table is proud to present Dr. Marty Klein, who will describe the highly effective nationwide attack on sexual information and expression — and why it’s an attack on pluralism and secular democracy. Librarians are frequently on the hot seat when these issues arise in communities. Come hear how to respond to the “protecting the children” arguments and how to protect everyone’s access to sexuality-related material.

Dr. Marty Klein is a Sociologist, Certified Sex Therapist, & Policy Analyst in California. The author of five books, he has been an expert witness, invited defendant, or consultant on many important state and federal censorship cases. From the ACLU and Planned Parenthood to Pure Romance and ABC’s 20/20, audiences agree that Marty’s talks are consistently thought-provoking and entertaining. Join us for what promises to be one of the most provocative programs at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference. The program will be held at 1:30 p.m. in McCormick Place W178 on Saturday, July 11th.