So let’s say that you’re taking a college-level class on graphic novels. The reading list includes such well-regarded works as Persepolis, Sandman, and Fun Home. You know what you should do? Complain that graphic novels sometimes include what you consider to be unpleasant things. Better yet, demand that all graphic novels with what you consider to be unpleasant things be taken off of the syllabus.
Take it away, alleged adult human being!
A Crafton Hills College student and her parents have complained to college administrators that graphic novels taught in an English course are pornographic and violent.
Tara Shultz, 20, of Yucaipa, her parents and several friends on Thursday protested outside the campus administration building.
Four of the graphic novels discussed in the course depict nudity, sex, violence and torture. They also contain obscenities.
“It was shocking,” Shultz said. “I didn’t expect to open the book and see that graphic material within. I expected Batman and Robin, not pornography.”
Yep, when you think Persepolis, your mind immediately gravitates to the hard core sex scenes [editor’s note: Yes, I realize she probably objected to that one for other reasons. I don’t care—I’m sticking with the joke]
Still, this seems like a case of a student taking the bull by the horns and making her objections known. And I’m sure that her parents and friends were there to offer support, not to feed into the perception that she’s some kind of 20 year-old woman-child who needs her hand held—
Shultz said if she had known what the materials were she would not have taken the course.
“I had no warning,” she said. “I had nothing. The professor should have stood up the first day of class and warned us.”
Shultz said she approached Bartlett about the curriculum in class and chose to remain in the class to avoid receiving a zero.
Shultz’s parents have also been meeting with college officials.
“If they (had) put a disclaimer on this, we wouldn’t have taken the course,” Greg Shultz, Tara Shultz’s father, said.
Well, there it is. I have to say, I’m really disappointed in this generation of students. In my day, if you didn’t like something you had to do in class, you didn’t get your parents to picket. You handled it like an adult by demanding an explicit trigger warning, an hour of puppy time in a designated decompression space, and a clearly-worded and genuine apology from the professor, department chair, and university president.