An award-winning children's book has been banned from some US schools and libraries because it contains the word "scrotum". Susan Patron's The Higher Power of Lucky, which won this year's prestigious Newbery Medal for children's literature, has incurred the wrath of teachers and librarians over a passage on the opening page in which a character describes where a rattlesnake has stung his dog.You can read Susan Patron's take on the whole business here and leave a message of solidarity.
Gelf Magazine argues that youth literature is full of scrotums and has a list of other books that will now have to be banned. [Found via]
Neil Gaiman also defends the use of the word against school librarians who have "gone over to the dark side" and adds:
I'm English, a country in which "the dog's bollocks" is an expression of approbation and unconditional approval.