Source- For some members of the Class of 2019, the choice of “Fun Home” as a summer reading book was anything but fun.
Several incoming freshmen decided not to read “Fun Home” because its sexual images and themes conflicted with their personal and religious beliefs. Freshman Brian Grasso posted in the Class of 2019 Facebook page July 26 that he would not read the book “because of the graphic visual depictions of sexuality,” igniting conversation among students. The graphic novel, written by Alison Bechdel, chronicles her relationship with her father and her issues with sexual identity.
“I feel as if I would have to compromise my personal Christian moral beliefs to read it,” Grasso wrote in the post.
“The nature of ‘Fun Home’ means that content that I might have consented to read in print now violates my conscience due to its pornographic nature,” he wrote in an email.
“There is so much pressure on Duke students, and they want so badly to fit in,” he said. “But at the end of the day, we don’t have to read the book.”
“I thought to myself, ‘What kind of school am I going to?’” said freshman Elizabeth Snyder-Mounts.
Grasso noted that he felt the book choice was insensitive to people with more conservative beliefs.
“Duke did not seem to have people like me in mind,” he said. “It was like Duke didn’t know we existed, which surprises me.”
Zhang said that she supports the book choice, which she believes shows that Duke is a place that does not shy away from issues of sexuality. However, she added that the choice of whether or not to read the book ultimately belongs to each individual student.
Reasons to go to Duke University:
- Coach K
- JJ Redick (hindsight is 20/20)
- Hatred of minorities that aren't good at putting a ball in a basket
- Love of team building activities (i.e. gang rape)
Reasons not to go to Duke University
- Greg Paulus
- Jon Scheyer
- Apparently summer reading
- Bible thumping Catholics
- Prude freshman
- Literally all the other reasons
Where do these kids think they are going exactly? Oh Elizabeth, you didn't know what kind of school you were going to? Let me help you out here. It's called college. It's basically a 4 year all you can drink and fuck buffet with some classes mixed in. It's really only an institution of higher learning once you find a decent weed guy. These kids know that one of the major reasons that college exists is to open up the minds of young adults, right? I highly doubt that 'Fun Home' is just a quirky name for the Kama Sutra. I would go out on a limb and say it's not just a picture book of full length centerfolds. If I had to guess, I'm sure there's actually a lot of substance to the plot. I don't think the professional educators at Duke are passing out erotic fan fiction to incoming freshman.
And you know what? Even if they are, I applaud them for it. Someone has got to raise the bar of what is appropriate and what's not before these holier than thou, prudish bastards get through orientation. You want to be offended by a book that features nude illustrations then go right ahead, but no matter what the literary content is, college is going to be an eye opening sexual experience. Even if you do keep them closed while your roommate is 4 feet away plugging away at a sloppy 5 after 6 too many tequila shots. I appreciate that Duke University recognized that they annually have a contingent of sexually repressed incoming freshman, and are using literature to help them adapt to their surroundings. Yes Brian, Duke knew people like you existed, that's they they are making you guys read softcore porn during the summer. So you don't nail yourself to a cross the first time you see a pair of tits that you didn't used to feed from. Books and boning. Mix in some booze and you have the perfect microcosm of what college actually is all about. The sooner these kids realize it, the better.
P.S. So glad I get to post this again...