Obscenity In Fun Home. ​​Should It Be Acceptable To Implement

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Obscenity in Fun Home
Should it be acceptable to implement obscene literature in the education curriculum, even at the cost of one’s moral beliefs? Fun Home, written by Alison Bechdel, is a graphic memoir that illustrates the relationship of the character Alison with her father, Bruce. Although they did not share an intimate father-daughter bond in Alison’s childhood, Alison grows up to bear many of her father’s traits, such as being queer. Unfortunately, her memories with her father are short-lived, as her father commits suicide when she turned twenty. As a result, she attempts to unlock her closeted father’s life and understand his struggles. A recurring theme throughout Fun Home is sexuality and is often demonstrated through
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The College of Charleston had assigned Fun Home to the incoming students. The House lawmakers were not pleased with Fun Home’s theme of homosexuality and the text’s depiction of sexual imagery. Some students, in retaliation had organized protests convincing the governor to stop the House from cutting down the funds (McCammon, 2014). On the other hand, some students down in North Carolina, one being Brain Grasso, agreed to the fact that the story contains obscenity. They refused to read the book as its content goes against their religious and moral beliefs (Grasso, 2015).
Professors might contend on the issue of academic freedom. However, obscenity is prevalent in the book Fun Home and is gratuitously portrayed through the graphic. This could violate the moral principles of some students. By incorporating this book in the curriculum, the professors would not be “redeeming social importance” (Rault 100). The dictionary definition of obscenity is the depiction of sexual matters in a way that infringes on standards of decency and morality. However, the extent to which it contravenes the standards of morality is entirely subjective. My interpretation derives from a Supreme Court ruling that concluded in a 1966 case that in order to establish obscenity, the content must be “utterly without redeeming social importance” (Rault 100). I agree with those professors who argue academic freedom:

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