Families outraged by explicit book on shelves

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An explicit, cartoon character book about sex, aimed at young pre-pubescent children, is available on sale in Big W and Target. Melissa Kang and Yumi Stynes’ book, Welcome to Sex: Your no-silly-questions guide to sexuality, pleasure and figuring it out, includes what many would regard as pornographic adult content. The book is far too explicit for its intended readership of 10-15 year olds, although the author believes it would also be suitable for a mature 8 year old.

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ACL’s Wendy Francis, herself a grandmother of young children, said, “What would an 8 year old child have had to experience to make them mature enough to digest the graphic information contained in this book? There should never be any need for young children to have to read about, and understand, anal and oral sex, masturbation and varied sexual positions. The book grieves the heart of all who desire innocence for their young children.

“The book also includes unscientific, highly debated gender ideology that only serves to confuse children on the cusp of puberty. It is absolutely disgusting and Big W and Target should be ashamed of their lack of discernment. Whoever is responsible for their book buying should be removed or undergo training.

“The well-known phrase ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ conveys the message that we all have a responsibility to provide a safe, healthy environment for children, where they are afforded security to develop and flourish. Big W has opted out of any such responsibility or duty of care. They are no longer safe places for families.”

The ACL calls on the management of Big W and Target to admit their error of judgment and remove the book immediately from being made available on sale.

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