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.”
“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.”