Sunday, August 30, 2009
Her latest propaganda is one of those moronic videos by Tim Hawkins complaining about government taxes and expenditures. Whatevs.
But in another brilliant example of Ginny's undecipherable and misleading tag spamming, she's labeled her post with "TraditionalValuesCoaltion", referring to these folks, a "Christian Right" group known for various forms of intolerance, especially regarding homosexuality.
Just a quick glance at their "Homosexual Urban Legends" and sorry attempts to link the gay movement with pedophilia reveals their not-so-hidden homophobia and bigotry.
At least Ginny is consistent with her getting into bed with intolerant assholes.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Originally, Ginny Maziarka wanted the pro-gay books removed, and "balance" inserted into the West Bend Library's young adult section. Then she shifted gears and targeted books she deemed "sexually explicit" and even seemed to think the library housed "child pornography".
This, remember, brought out all the crazies, including the CCLU, those four elderly Milwaukee men who apparently drove to West Bend Library and became psychologically harmed just because Baby Be-Bop was shelved there. Their distress was so debilitating, they demanded $120,000 and the book to be burned.
But why stop there? If Ginny is going to engineer the gravy train of imposing personal morals on the public library, we better look beyond those filthy gay penguins.
Next stop: evolution!
This article in the Fond du Lac reporter quotes Library director Michael Tyree, and mentions a new challenge that is emerging from Ginny's gaggle of moralists:
“About 10 days ago, the couple filed an open records request for the library’s expenditures involving reimbursements. I gave them that. Now, another person within their group of supporters wants us to re-catalog books that are science but from a creationist viewpoint. I told her no,” Tyree said.I'd love to hear more about this challenge. I wonder where these books are currently shelved, and what changes are being requested. Hopefully Mr. Tyree can share the details....
Monday, August 24, 2009
Continuing its insightful review of books that Ginny Maziarka has objected to at the West Bend library, Consorship-Free Libraries has posted a summary of Hear Me Out: True Stories of Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia, a collection of twenty first-person accounts written by lesbian, gay, and transgender teens.
The bottom line is that Hear Me Out does not contain any sexually explicit material or anything else that could cause it to be labeled as obscene by any reasonable person.
As a result, Censorship-Free Libraries has issues the following challenge to Ginny:
AN OPEN CHALLENGE TO GINNY MAZIARKA: Post a comment to this blog that explains your objection to Hear Me Out!. Tell us clearly what it is about this book you find objectionable, and state in tangible, practical detail what you think the library should do with/to this book. If you feel your explanation needs more space than a blog comment allows, post a full article on your own WISSUP blog and leave a link in a comment here. (Yes, you should expect your response to be scrutinized and debated).I don't expect Ginny to acknowledge this blatant attempt to rid the library of any text that portrays homosexuality in a positive (or, at least, non-negative) light.
Her repeated attempts to push her (intolerant, homophobic, antithetical of the lessons of Jesus) morals on the rest of the community have got to stop.
Friday, August 21, 2009
This bit of propaganda over at Wisconsin Christian News features a nice photo of Ginny Maziarka standing in front of the West Bend Memorial Library holding a copy of Deal With It along with another unidentifiable book.
The way she cradles those reminded me also of this video where she proudly displays her copy of Deal With It within her kitchen.
Which causes me again to wonder: If Ginny considers these books to be vulgar, sexually-explicit, and even pornographic, I wonder where she keeps them at home? Does she lock them away so any un-sexualized kids can't get access to them? Does she keep them in her bedside table for those lonely nights when Jim is away? If she considers the library to be xxx-rated for possessing these books, then what of her own home? Hmmm....
And, I wonder if she realizes that by purchasing these books, she's encouraged the authors and publishers to continue to produce them. Ah, the irony.....
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Lately, Ginny has been spreading her hatred and intolerance to an even broader array of targets.
- She's been posting the usual mis-informed propaganda against health care reform.
- She's been bad-mouthing Carl Knepel, a young West Bend citizen who wants to try to be on the school board.
- She's highly critical of the presence of a gay man, Scott Lone, including gay history in West Bend high school classes, allowing her to perch herself back on her anti-harassment policy soapbox.
Maria Hanrahan puts it best: enough is enough:
Ginny Maziarka does not speak for West Bend, WI. She claims to represent the majority of the community, but offers nothing to substantiate this. Its time for the citizens of this community to speak out and end her bullying of other citizens and acting in other ways that tarnish our community's reputation. I'm not saying she does not have the right to speak her opinion and take action to make changes she believes are necessary in the community. However, we don't have to remain silent (thereby indicating acquiescence) about her rantings about our fellow citizens and our community.
Seems a mother didn't like that her 15-year old daughter was moved by the book Living Dead Girl, written by Elizabeth Scott. The book is about a 15-year-old’s perspective of living with her captor after being forcibly kidnapped and imprisoned at the age of 10. The book has received several accolades and awards from book critics.
Certainly, the book deals with heavy issues, which would cause many readers to be affected. But, of course, that's what makes a book good -- the way it can move you emotionally, take you places you've never been, feel things you've never felt before (and in this case, hopefully never will).
Well, our Effingham mother become concerned because her 15-year old daughter was affected by the book. She formally requested the book be removed from the library or at least the teen section because of the graphic content of the book and the "unsatisfactory ending." (Yep, the main character is murdered at the end of the book, but if unsatisfactory endings is a suitable criteria to remove books from the library, I have a LONG list to present at the next WB Library Board meeting)
This pretty much sums up the mother's position:
“I don’t think any teen or adult should read this book,” Hibdon said. “There is no good coming out of this book.”Sound familiar, West Bend?
Fortunately, the library board knew better. The director has a good perspective, noting that just because a book might make one uncomfortable, that's no reason to remove it:
Library Director Jeannie May said she agrees the book takes on a painful topic, but she doesn’t believe that is reason enough to remove the book from the library.The teen librarian also recognizes the importance -- and popularity -- of books dealing with "dark" subject matter:
Teen librarian Shirley Marshall told May removing the book could start a trend because the middle teens is when young adults begin exploring dark things as an outlet. That is why the “Twilight” series, which revolves around vampires, is so popular. If the requested book is removed from the shelf, how long before someone asks that these other type of “dark” books be removed? questioned Marshall.A board member agreed:
Board member John Latta said although the subject of the “Living Dead Girl” is a difficult subject, it also is something that actually happens in society and having access to that reality may not necessarily be a bad thing. He added the book’s point about the character having the chance to get out of the situation and not taking it illustrates a harsh reality that occurs in those type of abusive situations.Finally, nearly everyone recognized that it is the parents who need to be involved in what their kids are reading:
Ginny, are you listening?
- Library Director Jeannie May: “We believe parents know what is best for their children and it is their job to review the materials they are reading.”
- Board member John Latta: “It is up to the parents to censor the material they are reading, not the library.”
- Board member Rod Wiethop: he would not want his 12- or 13-year-old daughter reading this book, but it is up to families to make those type of decisions.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I just hope the good folks at Chapin Memorial Library know what's coming, since they have It's Perfectly Normal shelved in the juvenile non-fiction section, Perks of Being a Wallflower shelved in young adult fiction, and who knows what else sexualizing children and grandchildren.
I'm shocked Ginny contributes to the tax base of a community that has an "XXX-rated" library. Shocked.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Finally, someone is doing something to save and protect our wayward youth. For too long, we have pretended that it was drugs, peer pressure and involvement in petty crimes and gangs that corrupted our young people. We mistakenly have condemned mindless television, violent video games and nihilistic music when, in fact, the real enemy has been right there under our reading glasses.
Yes, I am talking about books. It is now clear that they are responsible for everything wrong with today's society.
For too long, we have assumed that encouraging reading would make our children better people, more understanding of diversity, more aware of cultural and ethnic differences and more intellectually enlightened. But no longer.
I congratulate Jim and Ginny Maziarka, the vigilant parents in West Bend who have waged war to cleanse their public library of all that is indecent and immoral. They have selflessly spent hours upon hours searching out the filthiest phrases in young people's literature so the phrases can be taken out of context. After all, if you cannot read about something, then it is easier to pretend it does not exist. Like homosexuality or science.
Unfortunately, even though the Maziarkas have come up with 82 questionable books that need to be censored, I think they must have missed quite a few. Indeed, almost any book can seem dirty if you have a dirty enough mind. And apparently, people in West Bend do. Therefore, it would be better to ban all books. By doing this, we can assure that our children will stay as ignorant as guppies and just as docile (although, we hope, not as promiscuous).
Still, it must be confusing for the children in West Bend to watch adults fight over the content of a bunch of silly books. Up until now, libraries were the last place most kids wanted to be seen entering. Now, with their curiosity up, they actually might be tempted to start reading. Soon, they may even develop their own points of view. Or, God forbid, empathy and tolerance for others.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I just don't know what to say to that. Unbelievable.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Recall after the library board refused to move books or change their procedures, Ginny declared the library x-rated. Now, she's saying the library is "sexualizing" children, merely because it shelves the same few young adult books dealing with sexuality (both hetero- and homo-) in the same ways the vast majority of other area libraries do.
I tire of trying to retort all of Ginny's ignorant rhetoric (and I've been banished from commenting on her site anyway). However, I strongly urge everyone to read the comments of "Local MLIS Student", who calls on Ginny to stop being so negative and confrontation, and instead focus on youth literacy:
Honestly, you should really stop and consider the fact that so many other area libraries shelve the books you question in Young Adult sections. You should stop and consider the fact that the books you question are written, promoted, and shelved for young adult audiences, not children. You shoudl stop and consider that numerous professional and academic publications and experts view these materials as appropriate for young adults.Well spoken. Will Ginny listen?
You should stop and consider that nearly everyone can find books in a library they don't agree with. That's the nature of a free society with freedom of expression. This isn't some kind of liberal agenda, nor some kind of conspiracy by the ALA to run local libraries. It merely is nature of the kind of society we enjoy.
If I were you, I'd focus my energies on teaching kids how to judge sources of information, how to make informed decisions about all the media content they encounter, how to reconcile the information they confront with their personal beliefs (and belief systems), and how to get along with people whose belief systems might differ from their own.
This is how we protect children; not by putting certain information out of reach.
First off, I have no idea what a book with a "heterosexual slant" means, but likely ALL THE OTHER BOOKS that don't address GLTBQ issues fit this bill.
Secondly, the library HAS included some reparative-therapy titles as suggested by Ginny Maziarka, as noted here. I recently searched the West Bend library for the over 1 dozen books Maziarka suggested the library acquire (provided within this PDF....which I'll post about soon, and relisted by Ginny here), and found these titles now shelved at the library:
- 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality by Mike Haley
- The Heart of Female Same-Sex Attraction by Janelle Hallman
- Racine Public Library holds Restoring Sexual Identity and Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth
- Waukesha Public Library holds My Genes Made Me Do It and Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth
This speaks to PFOX's other allegation: that the West Bend library is engaging in censorship by not shelving more "ex-gay" texts. The fact of the matter is, that almost NO libraries in southeast Wisconsin carry ANY of the books suggested. That's not censorship, but likely the professional and educated analysis of what books are suitable to be shelved in the library. If the books requested were positively reviewed by reputable publications or organizations, you'd think more libraries would carry them. Yet, they do not.
That's not censorship; it is called responsible and professional librarianship.
//Update: This press release is being covered all over the place, unfortunately. Luckily, others agree as to its idiocy. One great analysis is here.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
From the New York Times report:
And CNN reports:
In a resolution adopted by the association’s governing council, and in an accompanying report, the association issued its most comprehensive repudiation of so-called reparative therapy, a concept espoused by a small but persistent group of therapists, often allied with religious conservatives, who maintain that gay men and lesbians can change.No solid evidence exists that such change is likely, says the resolution, adopted by a 125-to-4 vote. The association said some research suggested that efforts to produce change could be harmful, inducing depression and suicidal tendencies.
This doesn't bode well for Ginny Maziarka's desire (ie, here and here) to include gay conversion literature in the young adult section of the West Bend library.
"Contrary to claims of sexual orientation change advocates and practitioners, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of psychological interventions to change sexual orientation," said Judith M. Glassgold, chairwoman of the task force that presented the report at the group's annual meeting in Toronto, Canada. The Washington-based association represents more than 150,000 members.
"At most, certain studies suggested that some individuals learned how to ignore or not act on their homosexual attractions. Yet, these studies did not indicate for whom this was possible, how long it lasted or its long-term mental health effects. Also, this result was much less likely to be true for people who started out only attracted to people of the same sex."
In response, the group's governing Council of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday urging mental health professionals not to recommend to their clients that they can change their sexual orientation through therapy or any other methods.
The group's Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation reached its conclusion after its review of 87 studies conducted between 1960 and 2007 and finding "serious methodological problems" in the vast majority of them.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
After keeping her hands off comments for a while, Ginny Maziarka has reverted back to censoring comments at her WISSUP blog.
Some removals are more reasonable than others. On her odd post about the hodag, someone named "Ginny's Third Chin Speaks Out" left a rude remark, which Ginny deleted. Fine.
But she's also removed a comment of mine (and one by "Rolf") at her post complaining about Fireside hosting a book signing by a Wisconsin couple who have raised two gay sons.
About 90 minutes after Ginny published this post, I commented that she's merely re-hashing her old argument, that many pointed out was illogical and misplaced months ago. In doing so, I called her "stubborn" and "single-track-minded". I also wondered aloud if her real issue was the fact that the parents are celebrating the gayness of their children.
Over 3 days later, Ginny responds to me with a query about "what author [Fireside] will be offering next to our community to lend insight into the opposing viewpoint"
Then, over 3 days after that response to me, Ginny gives me this ultimatum:
I'll say this as respectfully as I can. I have allowed you to post time and again on my blog. I've tried to give you your say, yet your personal attacks come one right after the other...to the point of harassment. Therefore, this is simply a first request that you tame your commentary and stick to the content of the blog post. If you cannot do what I request, I will ask you not to post on WISSUP in the future. Thank you.Mind you, I made no other comments on this post since my first 5 days prior, while Ginny had been interacting with other commenters with some frequency.
Seeing this, Maria Hanrahan asks Ginny which comments of mine she feels are personal attacks, and why she didn't bring this up sooner, so no other comments had been made.
Ginny refuses to answer Maria because " The request was directed towards others, not you". (This is that stubbornness I was referring to)
So, a few hours later, I left a comment saying, essentially, "Ok, Ginny, answer Maria's question for my benefit, since it was directed at me." And I also said something to the effect of "If you think being called "stubborn" is a personal attack bordering on harassment, then perhaps the blogosphere isn't the place for you. If you can't take the heat...."
I can't paste my exact words, because Ginny deleted the comment! She even celebrated her "wielding the sword of truth" with an exclamatory "Poof!"
I posted a new comment a few minutes ago (see screenshot) asking for an explanation, and in the time it took me to write this post, she deleted that as well.
Oh, and the original -- apparently offending -- remarks haven't been deleted, only my comments questioning her reaction to them. Yes, this is crazy.
// UPDATE: Well, folks. It seems I've been banned from commenting at WISSUP.
After Ginny deleted the comment mentioned above, I left a simple reaction: "WOW" (screenshot at right). Ginny proceeded to delete that comment, and left this message:
As you will note, CCWB is no longer posting here. This is because I feel the harassment CCWB has delivered on this blog has been an ongoing issue that I have been patient with for way too long. I feel CCWBs rhetoric hinders the intelligent conversations taking place, is used as a distraction, and that CCWB is trying to draw attention to himself. I gave one opportunistic warning, now poof!, gone.....I find it truly amusing that:
We'll miss ya.
(a) I had comments deleted and was banned merely because I was asking for explanation of a warning and the subsequent removal of comments,
(b) none of my comments after the warning could even come close to constituting a personal attack or harassment (in fact, the only comments I left after the "opportunistic warning" are those noted above, and this one asking Dan Kleinman for clarification of an accusation he made of another commenter), and
(c) that Ginny feels my rhetoric is hindering what she sees as otherwise "intelligent conversations" on her blog.
.....UPDATE: Ginny has now changed the settings on WISSUP so only people with Google or OpenID accounts can leave comments. No more anonymous comments, or simply providing a name/url. Whatevs.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Looking at the recent posts at WISSUP, it seems Ginny is indeed shifting her focus away from this latest pet peeve. Readers of Ginny's flagship blog have recently been treated to the following:
- A story about a vendor whose lease wasn't renewed at a mall in North Carolina, presumably because some patrons of the mall didn't like what he was selling
- Next came a story about how much Ginny enjoyed a concert by Darryl Worley, known best for his nude photos in Playgirl.
- Then a post about the "Ready or Not...They’re Gay" book signing at Fireside, basically a repeat of her rant from back in June. (This was at least tangentially related to the library controversy)
- Next, a random post confirming the existence of the website Gail.com.
- Then, a pie recipe.
- A symphony concert.
- Next, a comment about President Obama supporters should expect rudeness and hostility in public venues throughout Washington County.
- Then, a post to Glenn Beck's ridiculous conspiracy theory about the government taking over your personal computer if you visit the Cars.gov website (thoroughly debunked, btw).
- Then a repost of Boots & Sabers criticism of a letter to the newspaper about the library controversy (that's the 2nd relevant post).
- And finally, a post about the fictional hodag. (Huh?)