It seems that some words are just plain bad. So dictionaries are being removed from southern California schools because an innocent child could read the definition of "oral sex" and pollute their pure minds.
People believe that childhood represents religious, spiritual innocence. We believe that a child's brain is closest to the "purity" of God - so it must be protected at all cost. Therefore, if there is a "dirty" word in the dictionary, then we must remove the dictionary. In reality, the child's brain is more like a cloud of adaptability. Each individual is wired differently as potential abilities of the developing brain are claimed, cultivated, called into service. Life, experiences, knowledge, and imagination help to make us who we are. Developing abstract thought and language makes us who we are too.
What we erroneously deem as an innocent child is really just an undeveloped, unquestioning, and easily duped child's brain. So if an adult says the definition of oral sex is dirty and bad, the child says "ok".
That being said, clearly this complaining parent has never had good oral sex, otherwise she would make sure that her child understood the importance of "oral sex" in a healthy sex life, as well as highlighting the definitions of other key words like orgasm, clitoris, pleasure, fun. If we're going to ban an entire dictionaries because a sexually repressed parent finds "dirty" words offensive, why stop there? We could ban thoughts too. And Fantasies. Who needs words at all?
I say we just go back to grunting for communication. Then we don't need dictionaries or schools, and we can keep our children small minded, fearful, and ignorant - just the way we like them. No questions, no problems. This way, they will be completely ill prepared for life, and they won't have a clue how their bodies work.
Oh wait, that's how it is already. In fact, while writing this, I was on the phone with a friend who seemed mystified that his girlfriend got pregnant. "were you two using any kind of birth control?", I asked. He said "uh, no." Even as adults we don't understand the most basic things about our bodies, our sexuality, our reproduction, and our pleasure.
What the dictionary banning really shows is that we are teaching our children - right from the beginning - that sex is bad, that the body is bad, that pleasure is wrong, and ignorance is good. Fortunately for me, I didn't have to rely on a dictionary for my childhood sexual titillation. I had a subscription to National Geographic, and grew up fantasizing and self-pleasuring to topless nubile princesses on the African savannas.
It's time we turn our "dirty" words into the wonderful things they truly represent: education, open mindedness, pleasure, freedom, and fun.