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Saturday, August 6, 2016

#3: Do all COGs agree with compelling college students to read Bechdel's "Fun Home"?

Moira Greyland is the daughter of Marion Zimmer Bradley, a famous lesbian novelist best known for "Mists of Avalon." Robert Oscar Lopez and BN Klein are both English professors. All three are writers and all three were raised by lesbian moms. They have a view on the Alison Bechdel & Fun Home controversy that might surprise you!

Fun Home is a comic/graphic novel about a girl growing up haunted by the possibility that her father was gay and sleeping with teenagers. The author, Alison Bechdel, is a famous lesbian who has won multiple awards for the novel. Duke University decided to make it the designated summer reading for incoming freshmen for 2015 -- but a snag occurred when some of the Duke students publicly refused to read the text, citing their moral and/or religious objections to the content.

Is this a debate about free speech versus intolerance? Three COGs have a unique take on it.

For more reading:

From Chicks on the Right: "Duke Freshmen Choose Not to Read..."

ABC Durham: "Duke University Responds to Summer Reading Controversy"

Related -- Peter Hassen, "Rutgers removes 'free speech' warning"

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