inittowinit said "LGBTQ aside. What about the books that sound like pornography on paper? I’m just looking for opinions. Not saying I agree or disagree. I just want to hear others views. "
I take those perspectives with a grain of salt.
I occasionally pick up the books my kids are reading and read them. One in particular comes to mind that is on the "pornography" accusation list in some US states. That surprised me, because I had to think really hard to remember if there was explicit sex in it. I think it had a total of 3 pages (out of hundreds) that described awkward teen attempts at sex. It wasn't the focal point on the story.
Pornography, in my opinion, needs to have sex as the point/focus. These stories might have sexuality in them, but so does life. I don't know if you picked up any of what I think of as Amish porn (those "Christian romance" novels), but their entire storyline focuses entirely on getting a guy and getting married so they can have sex. They're pretty much the same novel over and over again. Are those preferable?
Twenty or 30 years ago, we were, as teens, reading books like Clan of the Cave Bear. So much graphic sex. I loved the stories as a story, but would literally just skip the sex parts because the were, frankly, boring. I don't remember there being the uproar there is now.
As for sex ed books, they have a purpose. I had some as a kid, and I've taken them out of the public library myself as an adult to give to my kids to read as a conversation starter. Because that's the whole point - they are supposed to be conversation starters. That shouldn't be the entirety of your child's sex education.
And I'm saying all these things as a fairly conservative religious person. I don't like gatekeeping books. Who does that gatekeeping? Who claims authority to decide what is appropriate? Books are about ideas, and keeping ideas away from them isn't necessarily the best way to "protect" them.
Open dialogue and fostering trust is how we protect them, by sharing our values and teaching them how to navigate situations that differ from our values.