Spider-Man Too Sexy For School?

1 Apr

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From KETV Omaha:

MILLARD, Neb. — A Millard mother said she’s upset by a comic book that she considers sexually explicit that is in her son’s elementary school library.

The comic is part of a popular new series about Spider-Man and the head librarian of the Millard School District said it’s been in high demand.

“My son looked at this and goes, ‘Ohhhh!'” said Physha Svendsen.

She said the book that her 6-year-old son brought home is not age-appropriate for Norris Elementary School students and wants it removed from the library.

“It has a lot of sexual undertones in here, as far as sexuality goes,” she said. “They can learn this through any other place, but it’s not something I allow them to learn, in my house at least.

Svendsen said she’s actively involved with her four children’s educations and said comic books like the one in question hold little literary value. She said she’s especially concerned about her 6-year-old son, who’s still developing reading skills.

Svendesen didn’t elaborate on the book’s literary elements that she found sexually inappropriate. Some illustrations in the book showed a female character wearing a bikini and a short skirt.

Okay. This is Spider-Man we’re talking about, right? Not some dirty magazines the kid’s step father left lying around? Just want to make sure. So seriously, Spider-Man? Spider-Man is one of the most wholesome comic book characters out there, with no moral ambiguity whatsoever.

Let’s just break down her argument, for Spidy’s sake:

1) “They can learn this through any other place, but it’s not something I allow them to learn, in my house at least.

So basically she’s saying that she’s a lazy parent and instead of actually teaching her kids about the world around them, she’d rather have other people tell them what’s what. I do recall this is the same kind of parenting skills used to bring up the Columbine Killers. Teaching your children about the world is part of your job as a parent. When you don’t do this, 9 times out of 10 they end up on the (metaphoric or literal) pole. This argument just screams ignorance. What do you allow them to learn in the house, that being gay is a sin and abortion doctors should be killed? As long as the good book teaches it, then it’s five-by-five. It doesn’t even matter if you’re a true believer, this is just stupid parenting. Plain and simple.

2) Svendesen didn’t elaborate on the book’s literary elements that she found sexually inappropriate.

That’s because she can’t. It’s SPIDER-MAN. This sounds like a case of a lonely woman looking for attention because she’s bored and lonely. Just because you see some hand drawn navel, it doesn’t mean Stan Lee’s coming on to your kid.

3) The kid is 6 years old.

You know what, when I was 6 years old, I was watching G.I. Joe slaughtering Cobra every weekend, He-Man was impaling people with his big ass sword, and I cried when Optimus Prime died. I was learning life lessons about life and death. I also was reading Hardy Boy books. If this kid can’t read a comic book, then he’s got bigger problems than seeing a chick in a mini-skirt.

So what does this woman do instead of teaching her kid about life? She makes a big fuss to the school and tries to get Spidy pulled from the shelves. Lady, I don’t think you realize what you’re doing. There’s going to be a lot of pissed off 12 year olds with pitch forks and torches on your lawn if you squash their Spider-Man.

Do the world a favour, think before you freak out.

5 Responses to “Spider-Man Too Sexy For School?”

  1. James April 1, 2009 at 2:28 PM #

    OH NO MY EYES.

    You’ve corrupted me, Jim.

  2. TinMan April 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM #

    I wonder if she lets her kids watch cable t.v or movies? Comic books have always been filled with girls with huge busts and spandex, did anyone read Gen13 as an adolescent? Although i do long for the days of Jonah Hex, where a kid could just read a comic book about shooting cattle rustlers in the face, always gettin caught, being left for dead, escaping, and tracking down the varmit what tryed to kill yuh, an rippin his gutts out.

  3. Christina McGregor April 1, 2009 at 4:41 PM #

    Oh, give me a damn break. This is part of the great failure in our culture right now — these self-important wackos who want to shield their kids from — what? Cartoon women? The worst that’s going to happen is her son will get unrealistic expectations about what real women look like without their clothes on (lord knows I don’t look nearly as good as Mary-Jane, despite having the same hair colour). I think somebody should alert Stan Lee to this bullsh*t and have him come down there and give her a stern talking-to. Or maybe just slap her. Yeah, that’d work too.

  4. Physha April 27, 2009 at 2:56 AM #

    Dear Tin-man, James and Christina, and all of the above… I am a huge fan of Spider-man. On the other-hand, when there is a book in an elementary school, I do think it should at least have more words than pictures, or am I supposed to let my child use his imagination to tell me what is going on in the pictures? As you may know if you really chat with your kids, they have a huge imagination! What you may also choose to ignore is the simple fact that he is SIX. I have 3 others older than him , but I do not feel that six is a good age to answer his questions ie… Why is she showing her “boobs mommy?” “Why can I see her butt?” But, if you have the answer for a six year old, than i will not even question what goes on in your homes! As for being a LAZY PARENT? Not at all, as a matter of fact, my son brought home the book from school, and we discovered these as I was sitting and reading it with him. There are plenty of other Spider-Man material for my son to read other than the REVOLUTION series.. need I note that the front cover has and age appropriate noted PG_13. So, if you still feel that I am a lazy, wacko, lonely, ,parent, than you think about this for a minute….. The Columbine Killer was also a stalker, that probably purchased his weapons around the block from your house and Gi-Jo showed him how to use them. But on a serious note, my point was to be aware of what your children are being exposed to. Even the school after reviewing the book and it’s contents, admitted to making a mistake and removing the series from the shelves of the school library. So, on a positive exit, stay in tune with your children, there is plenty of time for them to learn about sex, and violence, heck, it’s the American way, but take your time, it will come soon enough….
    If you are looking for age appropriate Spider-Man material, try the Spider-Man level books, your kids will love them!!!!

    Physha

  5. Physha April 29, 2009 at 9:18 PM #

    Dear Tin-man, James and Christina, and all of the above… I am a huge fan of Spider-man. On the other-hand, when there is a book in an elementary school, I do think it should at least have more words than pictures, or am I supposed to let my child use his imagination to tell me what is going on in the pictures? As you may know if you really chat with your kids, they have a huge imagination! What you may also choose to ignore is the simple fact that he is SIX. I have 3 others older than him , but and I do not feel that six is a good age to answer his questions ie… Why is she showing her “boobs mommy?” “Why can I see her butt” But, if you have the answer for a six year old, than i will not even question on what goes on in your homes! As for being a LAZY PARENT? Not at all, as a matter of fact, my son brought home the book from school, and we discovered these as I was sitting and reading it with him. There are plenty of other Spider-Man material for my son to read other than the REVOLUTION series.. need I note that the front cover has and age appropriate noted PG_13. So, if you still feel that I am a lazy, wacko, lonely, ,parent, than you think about this for a minute….. The Columbine Killer was also a stalker, that probably purchased his weapons around the block from your house and Gi-Jo showed him how to use them.

    But on a serious note, my point was to be aware of what your children are being exposed to. Even the school after reviewing the book and it’s contents, admitted to making a mistake and removing the series from the shelves of the school library.
    . So, on a positive exit, stay in tune with your children, there is plenty of time for them learn about sex, and violence, heck, it’s the American way, but take your time, it will come soon enough….
    If you are looking for age the appropriate Spider-Man material, try the Spider-Man level books, your kids will love them
    Physha

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