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(Porno)graphic Novel?

You know if there's a lurid school sex story out there, we're all over it. In a wealthy Connecticut suburb a high school teacher, Nate Fisher,...




You know if there's a lurid school sex story out there, we're all over it.

In a wealthy Connecticut suburb a high school teacher, Nate Fisher, has been fired for giving Eightball, the acclaimed graphic novel by Daniel Clowes (of Ghost World fame), to a female freshman to read over a weekend.

According to the New Haven Register the book contains "references to rape, various sex acts and murder, as well as images of a naked woman, and a peeping tom watching a woman in the shower."

But then the New Haven Advocate noted that "the sex and bloodshed aren't in fact depicted, just talked about, and the nudity is part of a poignant and decidedly non-titillating scene in which a sensitive young woman is afraid her lover will leave her because of an unsightly birthmark."

The girl's father felt the book was "borderline pornography" and "clearly over the line."

Tom Tomorrow chonocles the fracas in detail.

Shouldn't a father have more say than a teacher about what his daughter can read? If the teacher had been female would that change anything? What if the student had been male?

And finally...



















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