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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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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.

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.

You may not be personally interested, but there are people who would be, like police/detectives going after the criminals. And they probably had those interests when they were younger, perhaps even in high school.

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

Have you reviewed the entire book yourself, so that you can say it was completely inappropriate or a bad choice?

This seems pretty similar to parents who get upset when their kids are reading books with themes they don't personally like. Rather than having a discussion with their children about the content, or trying to understand the books themselves, they want to ban them for everyone else. Totally overreacting and drawing more attention to the book than if they'd just had a conversation about it. It wouldn't be surprising if the sales for this book got up, thanks to the publicity from this.

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

That's certainly the implication from this post and the comments being left. Keep in mind this was for college-level credits, and these aren't grade school kids. They're already exposed to far worse things in the media and on the internet.