At the beginning of his press conference on Wednesday, Ron DeSantis showed a shocking video with sexual content, illustrated and elaborated in children’s books in various schools in Florida.
The Florida governor had his staff warn the crowd in Tampa, Florida before it played that the video would “depict material that is sexually explicit in nature and not appropriate for children” — and all minors were banned for the duration of the roughly six-minute video. removed the room. video.
Illustrations from the books include images of minors engaging in sexual activity and instructions on how to masturbate, perform sexual acts, or download apps that make it easier to have “casual intercourse.”
The content intended for children was so graphic and explicit that local news outlets’ live stream of DeSantis’ press conference was cut off on social media. It also earned a “Sensitive Content Warning” on Twitter.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis released a shocking video of sexually explicit content illustrated and described in children’s books found in several Florida schools at the start of his press conference Wednesday.
The book Gender Queer is a memoir told through a graphic novel style with illustrations of masturbation, sex and gender affirming surgeries
EXPLICIT BOOKS DESANTIS WANTS TO BAN FROM SCHOOLS
Gender Queer – This graphic memoir tells the story of someone who finds out they don’t identify as a girl or boy. It features illustrations of masturbation and encourages trans surgeries such as double mastectomies
Flamer – This book is also told through pictures and shows young boys performing sexual acts on each other at a Boy Scout summer camp
This Book Is Gay – Another story told through illustrations, this book includes instructions on the “ins and outs of gay sex” and where to meet other LGBTQ people, such as with online apps intended for hookup culture
Let’s Talk About It – Graphics teach kids how both men and women masturbate. It also includes instructions and best practices for sexting, including cutting out faces and moles
“Here are the books that parents found in Florida schools and sent to their school districts for disposal,” the caption read in a slide from the video. “What has been found is shocking, graphic, and we warn you … is not suitable for children.”
Parents, many of whom spoke at the press conference, were shocked that these books were being given to their children by teachers and educators.
Moving closer to announcing a presidential run, DeSantis railed against the presence of graphic materials in schools and denounced the “hoax” that removing these books from classrooms is a form of “book ban.”
against the presence of graphic material in schools and denounced the ‘hoax’ that removing these books from the classroom is a form of ‘book ban’.
“I just think that if parents send their kids to school, they don’t have to worry about this garbage being in the schools,” the GOP governor said.
He compared the contents of the books to pornography.
A member of the Moms for Liberty group said removing these graphics and content from schools is a “book ban,” like saying schools are “banning” the pornographic magazine Playbook from their institutions.
“We don’t co-parent with the government,” another mom emphasized, pleased that DeSantis is giving parents more say and insight into their children’s upbringing.
Graphic books that DeSantis and other parents in Florida want schools to remove include books such as Flamer, a book that through illustration and description depicts young boys at summer camp engaging in sexual acts.
Another, This Book Is Gay, is an instructional book about “the ins and outs of gay sex,” teaching two boys how to have anal sex.
Let’s Talk About It is a book found in Florida schools with very detailed pictures and specific instructions on how men and women masturbate.
The graphic memoir Gender Queer contains some of the most explicit content, including illustrations of masturbation, sex and sexual acts and promoting transgender surgeries such as double mastectomies and comparing the scars to tattoos.
One of the books DeSantis wants out of class is Flamer, which uses illustrations and descriptions to depict young boys at summer camp engaging in sexual acts
DeSantis’ six-minute video shows pages from some books, some of which contain graphic illustrations, such as the one above describing how to use a butt plug
Another titled Let’s Talk About It contains detailed images and instructions on how men and women masturbate
DeSantis said the only reason he sees for pushing back on the removal of books with this kind of inappropriate content is if a teacher is trying to advance their own agenda instead of putting the student’s education first.
“Every minute you spend focusing on some of these pornographic things, you spend less time doing the things that really matter to our kids, in terms of getting the education they need in math and reading and all that other stuff. Desantis said.
“The only way to make that decision, in my opinion, is if you put your own agenda before the welfare of the students,” he continued.
“And that’s what we see too often.”
DeSantis said Broward County, which falls within the Miami metropolitan area, is the biggest offender when it comes to removing books he says shouldn’t be available to minors at their educational institutions.
Removing books from schools not only targets pornographic content, but also content that, according to DeSantis, teaches children that certain people are inherently racist because of their skin color.
The Stop Woke Act, signed into law last year, stops teaching critical race theory and prevents instruction on race relations or diversity that imply that one’s oppression or privilege is determined by one’s race, color, natural origin or sex.
The legislation includes removing any books or materials that could push this story.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signs controversial “Parental Rights in Education” bill, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by opponents. The bill bans classroom education on sexual orientation or gender identity from kindergarten through third grade.
Florida Democrat’s response to DeSantis’ signing of the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which bans classroom discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity with children from kindergarten through third grade
Democrats have lashed out at this bill, claiming it will ban books from schools that teach black figures like Hank Aaron or baseball star Roberto Clemente.
DeSantis also called this a “hoax” during Wednesday’s press conference in downtown Tampa.
“What the Stop Woke Act says, you know, we’re not going to teach our kids that they’re inherently racist based on their race or color, natural origin. Does anyone think babies are born racist? I don’t think so,” DeSantis said.
“The other thing we’re saying is in law, we’re not going to get any race to be inherently superior to another race,” he added. “Is that something we want to teach our kids? I do not think so.’