Ashley Thorne

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Making Students ‘Uncomfortable’ With Sexually Graphic Novels Is Not ‘Challenging’ Them

Intellectually, graphic novels are too easy. Giving students picture books is coddling them. Giving them trigger warnings for ideas is coddling them too, though there is a place for trigger warnings for visual matter. Colleges need to set higher standards for both students and themselves. They need to show that they understand how to challenge students intellectually, not just how to make them uncomfortable.