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The book, “642 Things to Write About” has writing prompts to get those creative juices flowing such as:

Write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom.

Describe a time when you wanted to orgasm but couldn’t.

Write an X-rated Disney scenario.

Write a scene that begins: ‘It was the first time I killed a man.’

You are a serial killer. What TV shows are on your DVR list? Why?

Apparently the book was part of a college level writing course that was being taught at the high school.

I dunno if giving students a workbook which has sexual content qualifies as "child pornography", but those do seem rather inappropriate. Unless you want your kid to start their porn writing career off early and right. Or to imagine themselves as a serial killer.

https://www.cleveland.com/akron/2021/09/hudson-mayor-craig-shubert-parents-call-for-resignation-of-hudson-school-board-teachers-after-students-receive-book-of-inappropriate-writing-prompts.html

ETA: If this is the incorrect circle, please let me know. I wasn't sure where this fit in.

The book, “642 Things to Write About” has writing prompts to get those creative juices flowing such as: Write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom. Describe a time when you wanted to orgasm but couldn’t. Write an X-rated Disney scenario. Write a scene that begins: ‘It was the first time I killed a man.’ You are a serial killer. What TV shows are on your DVR list? Why? Apparently the book was part of a college level writing course that was being taught at the high school. I dunno if giving students a workbook which has sexual content qualifies as "child pornography", but those do seem rather inappropriate. Unless you want your kid to start their porn writing career off early and right. Or to imagine themselves as a serial killer. https://www.cleveland.com/akron/2021/09/hudson-mayor-craig-shubert-parents-call-for-resignation-of-hudson-school-board-teachers-after-students-receive-book-of-inappropriate-writing-prompts.html ETA: If this is the incorrect circle, please let me know. I wasn't sure where this fit in.

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"The first time I killed a man" could go in so many different, creative directions that aren't a torture or murder fantasy.

"You're a serial killer. What TV shows are on your DVR list & why?" has potential to be a really great prompt as well. It's a way to imagine someone else's mindset, why they might relate to specific things, etc.

You jumping straight to claiming these are torture and murder fantasy prompts says more about how you think tbh.

Yeah, god forbid, these kids might learn empathy!

Except... serial killers are one of the few groups we really don't need to teach empathy for ¯_(ツ)_/¯

There's already plenty of free empathy floating around for violent men

Except ... Empathy doesn't mean that you condone someone else's behavior. ¯(ツ)

It's about learning to see things from other people's perspectives, and it helps you understand other people's behavior.

It's certainly not a perspective that sounds appealing on the surface, but it's also been cherry-picked by outraged parents, from a writing prompt book. There are likely plenty of more everyday prompts in there, but that context is lost here.

And if you think writing or reading about these topics isn't worthwhile, then why is there such a huge following for true crime and mystery genre media?

Empathy for a serial killer? Allright!!!!!

Empathy doesn't mean that you have to condone someone else's behavior. It's about learning to see things from other people's perspectives, and it helps you understand other people's behavior.

It's certainly not a perspective that sounds appealing on the surface, but it's also been cherry-picked by outraged parents, from a writing prompt book. There are likely plenty of more everyday prompts in there, but that context is lost here.

And if you think writing or reading about these topics isn't worthwhile, then why is there such a huge following for true crime and mystery genre media?