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Fifty Shades of Idiocy

Well, I got a chuckle out of this:

Teacher Buys Student "50 Shades of Grey" and Ticks off Mom.

Maybe it wasn't a chuckle. Maybe more of a snort.

In a nutshell, a teacher (I assume he's an English teacher) bought this book for a ninth-grade male student. The book was on the kid's "wish list." I have no idea why the teacher bought the book, which seems to be what everyone is objecting to. No teacher ever bought me book, but...whatever.

Disclaimer: I haven't read the book myself. I don't read erotica. But you'd have to LIVE UNDER A FREAKING ROCK to not know what this book is about. The teacher claims ignorance. Seriously? For his stupidity alone the man should be fired.

My reading material was never censored by my parents. I still remember one teacher's horrified reaction when he saw me carrying around Valley of the Dolls. That was pretty racy stuff back in those days. Still, no teacher gave me a copy--I got it from the library, which this young man could just as easily have done, or purchased it himself from a local bookstore.

If kids want to read something, particularly a book that's gotten so much publicity (again, funny the KID knew about the book, but not the teacher) they'll find a way. I'm more concerned about the questionable character of this teacher who is highly educated and teaching English to children, yet insists he had no clue was what Fifty Shades was about. The man admitted he went online and ordered it with his own money. Did he see NOTHING ELSE about this book on the Internet? Did he even read the description?

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"No, I-I swear, I just ordered the book! With my eyes closed!"


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May. 5th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
I ain't buying either one. Not the book, not the story. No one who likes to read orders a book without reading the description to see if they want to read it also. No one.
May. 6th, 2013 02:18 am (UTC)
Unless they're an idiot.
May. 6th, 2013 05:38 am (UTC)
Wow, seriously?! 'Cause I bet even the people who do live under rocks know what this book is about. Eeesh.

Edited at 2013-05-06 05:38 am (UTC)
May. 6th, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine, who does not troll the internet, nor hang out at book stores, watch TV, etc, did NOT know what 50 Shades was about (I asked her last night) and was offended when I suggested she lived under a rock. "I bet there are a LOT of people who never heard of the book," she declared. I suggested she go to work today and ask around. I can't wait for the results.
May. 6th, 2013 01:09 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what I'm disturbed about the most here: A teacher gifting his student something from an online wish list (what kind of teacher has this personal of a relationship with a student in the first place?) OR The gift being a book as dirty as 50 Shades supposedly is (I have zero desire to read it, so I don't know exactly the extent of it's dirty nature.). I don't buy for one second that this teacher didn't know what the book was about. I think even people living under rocks know what this book is about and furthermore, it'd be pretty unbelievable to randomly pick that book out of the wishlist without reading it's description. I call bullshit on this and I surely hope there's a more serious consequence for this highly inappropriate behavior.
May. 6th, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
I call bullshit too. I wouldn't be surprised if his union put him up to it, too. "Play stupid. Deny all knowledge. Once you admit you knew what the book was about, even we can't save you."
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