February 27th, 2007

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04:29 am - on poetry and perviness...

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[User Picture]From: duckmonster Date: February 27th, 2007 - 01:19 pm (Link)
I'd say the poem is half sexual/sensual and half not. Its point is probably more in the not... maybe... Either way, I think it's something a high school literature class should be able to handle... maybe more like seniors and less like freshmen, but, you know, whatever. I'm pretty sure I read it in English, at some point. Maybe I was reading ahead in our textbook and it was never presented--who knows--but you're right, high school kids can basically handle sex in literature.

It was absolutely inappropriate of the teacher to give this to a student, though, unless it was in the context of the entire class reading it. What an awkward position to put her into, though I think it's a damn shame she didn't feel like she could tell him, directly, "This is inappropriate and makes me uncomfortable, please stop." (I'm sure by now she wishes she'd handled it, rather than telling her overbearing mother. So maybe she learned her lesson in asserting oneself, belatedly.)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: February 27th, 2007 - 06:10 pm (Link)
well, the news presented it as though the daughter went straight to the mother and they were working together to get rid of the guy and what a hero the daughter is. So I don't know that there's a problem of embarassment for the girl. But of course, the news also said the poem was full of language they couldn't repeat, so i'm kinda taking what they say with a grain of salt.

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