Teacher On Leave After Reciting Seriously Explicit Sex Poem To High School Students
A Connecticut teacher has been placed on leave for reciting Allen Ginsberg’s “Yes Master” to his high school AP English class. Parents are not happy. I rolled my eyes as soon as I started reading this story, but I was admittedly not familiar with the poem. After reading it — yes, I get their discomfort. It’s beyond strange that a high school teacher made the decision to read this aloud to his class.
Some parents talked to the local news station, WTNH:
â€œI donâ€™t understand how that actually got into a high school class,â€ said one parent who wanted to remain anonymous. â€œI can understand parents being really upset about it.â€
â€œMy son is not in that class. If he was, I think I would be mortified,â€ the parent said. â€œIt was extremely inappropriate.â€
I’m usually in the camp of, “everyone relax, high school students know about sex.” But frankly, it was the reading aloud of the poem that got me. Making a decision like that as a teacher really makes me question your common sense. Imagine reading these lines in front of a class of high school students:
please master can I wrap my arms around your white ass
please master can I lick your groin gurled with blond soft fur
please master can I touch my tongue to your rosy asshole
please master may I pass my face to your balls…
Well, okay then. And those were some of the tamest lines I could find. You can read the whole poem here.
Would I have a problem with my senior student deciding to read that poem? No. I don’t have a problem with erotica. I do have a problem with Allen Ginsberg’s involvement in NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association), an organization that seeks to abolish age of consent laws. I do have a problem with a teacher making a decision for all of those students and reciting something that probably made a lot of them very uncomfortable. Was he using the Ginsberg poem to make a point about sexual repression or a point about consent? It was an odd choice.
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