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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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Yeah, god forbid, these kids might learn empathy!

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?

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.

I never said that it' s about condoning a serial killer' s action, so I don' t know why you think that is the case.

Why the fuck should I want to see things from the perspective of a serial killer in such a way? Watching a movie or reading a book about a serial killer, for me, is all about wanting to see him in jail, I don' t particularly care about whatever justification or excuse they have to commit the crime.

There are likely plenty of more everyday prompts in there, but that context is lost here.

And whose fault is that, exactly? The parents who are appalled by the prompts, of the teachers who failed to give their students something more appropriate to write about?

If they had done their job, and found a book with better prompts, nothing of this would have happened.

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?

Who said I think that? I just said that I find it inappropriate to give prompts of that kind to underage kids.