You all probably remember that my "E" entry was for "Erotica," right? If you haven't read it, click here. Okay, so you know writing smexy stories isn't anything to be ashamed of, but apparently, normal people aren't supposed to do that, or they get crucified in the media.
Here's the article: http://snydercounty.wnep.com/news/news/parents-english-teacher-writes-racy-novels/58743
In a nutshell, Judy Buranich has been a high school English teacher for 25 years in Pennsylvania. She's also an author of erotic romance (again, read my "E" entry) with Ellora's Cave under the name Judy Mays. One of her students' parents "somehow" came across her on the internet, and "outed" her to the community, calling what she does "disgusting." This seasoned educator, who, by the way, is even called a "good teacher" in the article, could be in danger of losing her job for something that is no one's business but her own.
I am disgusted that they're even calling this news. For one, what Judy does in her off hours and own time is her business. She's not hurting anyone, and her ability to teach her students is unaffected. So, where's the issue? Are teachers supposed to be held to the ideal that they live at the school, live for their jobs, are chaste and virginal and don't have lives? Apparently so. It's not like she was teaching from her novels, or cranking out sex scenes on her laptop while her students were writing essays on The Scarlet Letter. It's obvious she wanted to keep her writing separate from her school teaching, because she used a pseudonym. Guess there's no need for that anymore.
But what I truly find "disgusting," to use the naive Ms. Apple's word, is that she and these other people have started a witch hunt and targeted a productive, well-liked member of their community. Where I come from, that's called "bullying." Clearly Apple and Co. want this woman out of their school system for whatever reason. And if Ms. Apple thinks this is her 15 year old son's (I'm guessing on his age...Judy teaches 10th grade) first exposure to sex, she really needs a wake-up call. I highly doubt he believes the stork story anymore, lady, and if he does, he's as delusional as you are. You might want to start with, "When two people love each other very much..." and go from there.
Also, turn this around a bit. Picture this same scenario, only the teacher is man, and he writes horror novels. I have a feeling this news story would have been a "spotlight on a local author who also teaches at our high school" instead. And that's sad.
Now for what is good about the situation. One, most of the comments in the comment section of the news article are in favor of Judy, as are the comments on WNEP 16s Facbook page. Many comments point out common sense things that should have occurred to the people writing this drivel in the first place. Feel free to "like" them (more of a "dislike" for me, really, but there is no button for that), and comment as well.
|Without good English teachers, you get shitty signs like this.|
If you're interested, here's the link to Judy Mays' author page. Go buy her books and celebrate the written word, whatever its form. http://www.jasminejade.com/m-114-judy-mays.aspx
**Little extra note: I just discovered that WNEP actually DELETED all of the comments, which were mainly in support of Judy. Interesting... **
Now, back to your regularly scheduled A-Z programming.