Christian Post- Incoming freshmen at the College of Charleston are being encouraged to discover their ‘erotic truth’ by reading a comic book memoir about a woman coming to terms with her sexual identity and her closeted gay father who had a relationship with an underage male babysitter. Fun home: A Family Tragicomic, is the school’s official selection for “The College Reads!” The graphic novel written by Alison Bechdel explores gender and sexuality issues. The book has outraged some parents who accuse the College of Charleston of trying to confuse students about their sexuality. The college spent nearly $40,000 to give the book to incoming freshman and will spend another $13,000 to bring the author to campus in the fall. According to a reader’s guide, the college wants students to explore “erotic truth.” “What does Bechdel suggest we risk by denying our erotic truth,” the reader’s guide asks. “I was appalled,” one parent told Fox News. “This is a gay-rights coming-out book and it has some pretty strong anti-Christian themes in it.” The parent asked not to be identified because they feared their 18-year-old son might face repercussions on campus. The parent said they contacted the College of Charleston with their concerns but were rebuffed. “They said they are trying to help the students find themselves,” the parent said. “My wife said she thinks they’re trying to help them lose themselves of everything we’ve taught them. This is not their business. They are overstepping their bounds.”
There’s no doubt that a book whose summary includes “a woman coming to terms with her sexual identity and her closeted gay father who had a relationship with an underage male babysitter” is trying the hardest anyone has ever tried to make a point, and I can fully support boycotting it on the principle that it probably sucks. But the gay pedophilia isn’t even the most outrageous part of this when you realize this is a story about freshman in college whose parents are concerned enough to complain to a newspaper about what their child is reading.
I hate to break it to them but if you’re sending your kid off to college and you think a pornographic comic book is the worst of your problems, I’m not sure you you understand exactly what you’re getting yourself into. You might not want to let him go to school if you’re that overprotective because when you suddenly give someone the freedom to do what they want for the first time in 18 years it’s only a matter of time before they try to find some heroin. I almost feel bad that there are people out there that think it’s the school’s required reading that is going to be the downfall of their child’s innocence and not literally everything else.