Exiled: Violet Blue’s The Ultimate Guide To Fellatio

If you believe, as I do, that good blow jobs contribute to the betterment of mankind, then our very own [previous – ed] editor of Good Vibes Magazine, Ms. Violet Blue qualifies as something of a saint. Her second book, The Ultimate Guide To Fellatio, has doubtlessly touched more hearts and souls than even the most prolific of mouths could manage in several lifetimes.

Simply put, The Ultimate Guide is the most comprehensive treatise on all things cock sucking. Violet lays out the nuts and bolts of this heady topic with a trove of painstakingly detailed research and tasteful, line-drawn illustrations.

Unfortunately, not everyone possesses such an enlightened world-view of fellatio as Ms. Blue and the good readers of Good Vibrations Magazine. Even though we live in freedom-obsessed America, even though oral sex is legal, even though all the evidence points to the fact that well-informed spunk-drunk lovin’ is a healthy expression of human sexuality — even then, for a certain percentage of the population, the idea of dick-in-mouth gets their panties all in a bunch. And I don’t mean that in a good way.

In Delaware County, Pennsylvania, one such concerned citizen — Jack Whoriskey — went to the Marple Library in late 2003 in search of a book on the Atkins Diet. Appropriately, in his pursuit for a healthy high-protein diet, Mr. Whoriskey happened upon Violet Blue’s Ultimate Guide.

The Atkins diet, mind you, can be extremely unhealthy, even dangerous if not followed correctly. That’s why it’s important to have information about the subject accessible to the public. The same could be said of fellatio. Leading medical professionals have called Atkins a fraud and a major public health risk. The same cannot be said for Violet Blue, whose books have been lauded in review after review as definitive sources for sound sexuality knowledge. Her critics never argue that Violet is wrong, just that they don’t like what she’s talking about, and they wish she’d never brought it up in the first place.

In Mr. Whoriskey’s estimation, The Ultimate Guide and the library’s six other sex books were more insidious than the Atkins book, or any other book in the library. “There is no way they should be in a public library,” Whoriskey told the Delaware County Times.

On that fateful day in late 2003, Jack Whorisky “the hapless dieter” turned into Whoriskey “the moral crusader.” He brought his zealous campaign to ban the offensive books to the county council, state legislators, clergy and representatives of the local conservative organizations (including the Pro-Life Coalition).

At a town meeting, Mr. Whoriskey declared the Marple Library, “the porn capital of Delaware and Chester counties.”

After a firestorm of community protest and careful consideration by library officials and town residents, the board of the Marple County Public Library voted to unanimously return six of the books to the shelves for general perusal. However, The Ultimate Guide to Fellatio was deemed too hot for the stacks. Instead of banning it outright, the board ruled to exile the book, hiding it away behind a by-request-only reference desk.

If one book in one library doesn’t seem like such a big deal, take note that since 1990, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom has recorded more than 7,000 book challenges. Unfortunately, the books can’t stand up for themselves. Somebody’s got to defend the little buggers against the forces of censorship.

As Violet notes, “Libraries should be a place where the first amendment is holy — literature and books are where the mind becomes free and grows, not shuttered in a child-like environment of safety. Nothing should be behind the counter, where someone won’t know it’s there, or will feel shamed for asking for it. Keeping a book behind the counter is a death sentence for the information inside, and the person seeking knowledge.”

According to Violet, good porn has a place on library shelves: “Sex is normal and healthy, and adults desperately need more sex education than simple reproductive health… If it has merit, include it. Don’t censor because of sexual prejudice — Anais Nin’s works and The Joy of Sex are culturally important, but also pornographic in nature.”

That being said, you only need flip through for a few minutes to ascertain that Violet’s guidebooks are hardly pornographic. These are straight-up, no frills sex-ed texts, suitable for any human sexuality class. Titillation is secondary to information. “The oral sex guides, both fellatio and cunnilingus are information resources; the anthologies are explicit erotica, though none of them contain explicit imagery. The guidebooks have illustrations and anatomy drawings, but you’d have to have a pretty excitable dirty mind to consider them pornographic or obscene.”

“I think everyone should have access to them, though I don’t think that kids should read them unless they have responsible parents to talk them through understanding healthy adult sexuality. And it seems like adult conservatives need the same type of parenting as well — they don’t seem to be able to act responsibly with the information either. But I do think, and this will be unpopular, that teens should have access to this information. Again, the oral sex books are not porn,they are books about how to have safe, pleasurable, healthy, self-defined sexual encounters — and teens are having lots of oral sex regardless of what they ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ do. Especially the kids ‘practicing abstinence’ — the STD and pregnancy rates in these teen populations are currently statistically higher than other teens. They’re doing it anyway — please let them learn how to do it safely and with mutual consent!”

The immediate impulse to ban is a knee-jerk reaction. I can understand how an honestly concerned citizen might open The Ultimate Guide to a random chapter heading and get freaked out. Facing down one’s own deep-seated ignorance is amongst the most terrifying of experiences. It’s important for us open-minded types to be sympathetic to these dynamics rather than breaking out systematically in free speech slogans. That’s hardly the way to get to the heart of the matter.

Instead of racing home to try these techniques his/herself, it’s understandable that someone might instead get it in their heads to lash out against this thing that doesn’t fit nicely into their conception of the world. That’s the emotion people feel when exposed to something new, a shock to the discordant dystopia of their clamshell mind. The defense mechanisms kick in and lash out, clamping shut accordingly. Once again, it’s the same old story: those poor, defenseless books taking the brunt of the attack rather than the pervasive ignorance behind the anguish and the pain.

From the moral crusader’s point of view, what does banning or hiding away Violet’s book effectively accomplish? As long as the Marple Library still carries Tropic of Cancer or your average Danielle Steel novel, there’s doubtlessly thousands of explicit, oftentimes unsafe depictions of oral sex on the shelves. Does Mr. Whorisky wish to imply that some sex act or another is more insidious than say, acts of gratuitous violence in a blood-drenched book like American Psycho or a Steven King slasher? On the top 10 list of thou-shalt-nots, the content of The Ultimate Guide doesn’t even rate.

In their heart of hearts, do Mr. Whorisky and his supporters wish to stop private individuals from engaging in oral sex altogether? He has every right to think this way, voice his opinions, but no right to exert his will upon the autonomy of other people — which is exactly what restricting access to The Ultimate Guide accomplishes.


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