Originally Posted by Slite
Actually, I think it is very much a question of "Freedom of Speech", The author choose to use that word. And it is also the choice of a parent (and yes, I am one myself) to allow or not allow your child to read, or not to read said book. To demand that a word be changed because you take offense is just plain silly.
Do you read in advance every book that your children get their hands on to make sure that it's appropriate for them?
I'm sorry to disagree, but I think that it's perfectly reasonable to expect certain "standards" in such things as sex, strong language, violence, etc, in books aimed at young children. And I'm certainly no "prude".
There ARE standards for such things in TV (at least in the UK, no such things are permitted to be broadcast before 9pm).