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New York politician says Miami lesbian's book of erotica shouldn't be seen by kids at Brooklyn library

BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

Miami author and editor Ily Goyanes is steamed because a New York politician complained her book, Girls Who Score: Hot Lesbian Erotica, is too accessible to children at the Brooklyn Public Library.

WABC-TV reports that New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind, an Orthodox Jew, has gotten constituent complaints about Goyanes' book and others like it at the library.

"This should not be accessible for young people, that is the issue, and it is right there in your local library, these titles, basically pornography,"  Hikind told WABC's Eyewitness News.

Goyanes, a finalist for a 2013 Lambda Literary award, says Hikind only complained about LGBT erotica and not the straight kind.

“I was shocked to see Assemblyman Hikind on the news, holding up my book instead of 50 Shades of Grey – a title more kids would be familiar with and probably actively seek out," Goyanes said in a news release. "Why didn't he target the Marquis de Sade's works? Or Story of O? Were there these specific books, such as Best Lesbian Erotica and Girls Who Score, targeted because the word 'lesbian' is on the front cover? I'm not sure the erotic content of my book is what he takes issue with. I am a strict believer in the First Amendment as well as civil rights. Apparently, the assemblyman is not.”

Goyanes continued:

“Some of the best books ever written have been banned or targeted for some kind of persecution, but this is just wrong. Libraries contain all kinds of books that portray sexual content in a literary, non-pornographic way, from romance novels, to how-to guides to contemporary fiction. Should we segregate all these books? Librarians can only do so much. Parents need to monitor what their children are reading. Censorship is not an option.”

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#Author @realily, I'd ♥ 4u2 #write on my blog re @HikindDov's comments @BrooklynPublic #library's #lesbian #erotica and kids. @SteveRothaus

I love your statement of the obvious regarding 50 Shades of Grey.

Amen! All of the books you mentioned, including yours are on the first floor of that library in the ADULT section. The children's room is on the second floor, far enough away I say. Perhaps if they monitored their children more closely instead of treating the library as a free babysitting service this wouldn't be an issue.

“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”
~Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.


“If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.”
~Noam Chomsky

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