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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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[–] lucrecia 1 points (+12|-11)

I'm confused. Are these kids being advised to write things, based on these prompts, which the teachers then read? Or is this a book for their own private use? Most of these are scenarios which teens with functioning imaginations could come up with for themselves easily enough, so I don't get the fuss if the only people seeing the writing were the teens themselves.

[–] Omina_Sentenziosa 15 points (+23|-8) Edited

Are you serious? You think that making your likely underage students write pornography and torture/murder fantasies is something appropriate?

The fact that they can come up with that stuff on their own doesn' t mean that they should be encouraged, nor that it should be part of a school activity.

"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.

[–] ouvalemonde madfem 3 points (+5|-2)

"You're a serial killer. What TV shows are on your DVR list & why?"

Oh my God I love that idea so much.

[–] lucrecia 1 points (+2|-1)

"The first time I killed a man, I was trying to prolong his life. The tumour in his spine was painful and fast-growing, but he would have lived for several more months if I had never attempted the surgery. But he wanted to keep walking, and I wanted to do everything I could to help."

"The first time I killed a man, it felt weird. I found myself asking all these questions that I never asked when killing off my female characters-- would anyone actually miss him, or had he been an abusive asshole behind closed doors? Did the rest of my cast even know the guy?"

"The first time I killed a man, I still saw it as "killing a man". I spent weeks wondering about how he felt hearing my verdict, how his family would react, whether it was possible I'd made a mistake. For a time, it was all I could think about. But things change. At this point, I've sent so many men to the chair, I spend more time agonising over whether I've picked the right readymeal at the supermarket. I doubt they care either way. Dead is dead."

"The first time I killed a man, everyone tried to tell me I hadn't killed him. But I didn't pick up the phone. If I'd picked up, he'd still be alive."

"The first time I killed a man, it turned out to be a bad idea. It seemed like a tempting deal, and a kind one; give him eternal undeath in exchange for the chance to drink as much blood as I wanted. But I really should have thought it through from a feminist perspective. Even aside from his new thirst for blood, the man in question was irritating. And now he'll be around forever. I thought I was being kind to him, but I didn't spare a thought for all the women he'd be hassling for the next two hundred years. I've since learned more about feminist praxis for vampires, and I try to abide by the longstanding rules like "if you must turn men, pick ones with attractive personalities and good hair", but apparently this is a common problem. It's hard to tailor an awareness-raising campaign so it can actually reach new vampires before they turn some more incels. Our best bet is to share the idea with as many humans as possible in the hopes they think of it if and when they are turned-- which is why you are reading this!"

"The first time I killed a man, I was a serial killer lololol i used a shuriken with a lazer on it and it was badass. my lazer shuriken can take out 6 million people an hour and twice as many if I charge it."

It' s literally impossible to write a prompt about how you would murder someone without it being a murder fantasy. You are describing the way you would use to kill someone.

But you' re right, I am a horrible person because I think that imagining to kill someone, whether torture is involved or not, is not the healthiest thing ever.

I am glad you opened my eyes.

[–] lucrecia 8 points (+12|-4)

It's a book with 600+ writing prompts, there are about 5 they find problematic, and afaict the teens are not being made to use any of them. It's normal for teens to read books with sex scenes and serial killers; there's nothing in there that's going to be new to them. So you'd just say "this book is desgined for a course for adults, don't write things for this class using the adult prompts". If an adult were reading the scenes they were writing based off some of those prompts, I'd agree that's inappropriate.

Reading and writing are two different things. One action is passive, the other is active.

I also don' t understand what difference it makes if adults read that stuff or not: the problem is them writing that stuff to begin with.

As for the book: a school board is supposed to propose appropriate stuff according to the age of the participants. They could have chosen another book or list of prompts if they were just encouraging kinds to write, instead they chose one that included this stuff.

So you'd just say "this book is desgined for a course for adults, don't write things for this class using the adult prompts"

Did they do that?