College Student Wants Graphic Novels Banned From Curriculum Because ‘She Was Expecting Batman, Not Pornography’

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There’s nothing worse than when porn finds its way into your comic books and graphic novels. Just kidding! Cartoon tits are the BEST!

Remember as a kid when Scarlet or Lady Jaye would show a little too much cleavage for a) being in the military and b) being in a comic book for kids? That was the best! But not as good as when some characters randomly popped into bathing suits. Emma Frost goes undercover at Magneto’s bachelor party at the mutant strip club.  Or when Wonder Woman was just big ol’ titty Wonder Woman! Oh, the memories.

Tara Shultz, 20, of Yucaipa, CA and her parents are a little upset that pornography has found its way into graphic novels and those novels are now a part of her college curriculum. Four award-winning graphic novels are taught in an English class at Crafton Hills College and the Shultz family are protesting the books.

The four novels in question are Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1 by Brian Vaughan, The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

“I expected Batman and Robin, not pornography,” Shultz told the Redland Daily Facts Newspaper and she sounds like a shitload of fun, right? Also, is it weird that I ALWAYS suspected pornography in college classwork?

Shultz, who is working towards an Associate of Arts in English at the public community college, signed up for English 250: Fiction because it fulfills one part of her degree requirements. She was apparently aware that the specific focus of the class was graphic novels, but she told the newspaper that “I expected Batman and Robin, not pornography.” Shultz says that Associate Professor Ryan Bartlett, who has taught the course for three terms without any other complaints, failed to adequately warn students about the books’ content. Her father Greg Shultz said that “if they (had) put a disclaimer on this, we wouldn’t have taken the course.” Tara Shultz agreed, saying that Bartlett “should have stood up the first day of class and warned us.”

Of course, Shultz and her parents did have complete information about which books would be covered in the class – the school requires instructors (p. 20) to distribute a detailed syllabus on the first day of the term – and ample time to withdraw with no effect on her grade. Fourteen other courses offered at Crafton Hills fulfill the same degree requirement as English 250. The college’s online calendar shows that the Spring semester began on January 12, and the last date to drop a course with no grade penalty was January 30. Shultz apparently brought up her objections to four out of ten books covered in the class after that date, when her only options were to complete the assigned work or withdraw with a 0.

You know who tries to get out of a class after the add/drop people? People failing the class. I’ll bet Shultz had an issue with hand-drawn tits right around the same time she started doing poorly in class.

As for the rest of us, let’s just keep believing in random comic tits, true believers.

[via Boing Boing]

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