Should This Teacher Be Fired For His Sexually Explicit Self-Published Book?
3:30 pm, September 19th | by Sarah Devlin
For crying out loud. High school guidance counselor (and girls’ basketball coach, which will make you retroactively throw up in your mouth as you read this story) Bryan Craig has been fired by the board of his Chicago school district after publishing an e-book titled it’s Her Fault, “a guide [for women] to gaining the ‘upper hand in a relationship’ because he is tired of hearing them complain.”
Oh, there’s more. The Daily Mail reports:
In the book – billed as a relationship guide to help women gain the upper hand with men – Craig reveals that he moonlights as a strip club bouncer which, he says, helps him manage his anger and be nicer to his wife.
One confessional reads: ‘Even though I feel I’m beyond the highest caliber of men, I still have a weakness for cleavage.’
The graphic guide then goes on to give Craig’s opinions on the differences between the genitalia of women of different races. The physical differences mean that ‘Latin women have more children,’ Craig concludes.
Let that marinate for a second.
Obviously, this is disgusting, and obviously, despite his masters in counseling psychology (and being inexplicably married), Craig holds a number of scientifically invalid and personally pretty gross beliefs about women. So it’s not hard to see why the school board voted unanimously to fire him. But…the rabid free speech advocate in me wonders if he was fired for the right reasons. Certainly someone who has such bizarre and unfounded beliefs about women shouldn’t be in a position to educate them — but I get the feeling that the school board was more upset about the explicitly sexual nature of the book than the advice offered therein.
The statement from the school board read “‘Mr. Craig’s conduct in this matter fell far short of our expectations and evoked outrage for me, members of this board and many others in our district who have come to expect the highest level of professionalism and sound judgment from the people they entrust with their children each day.” If they had really wanted to take a stand, couldn’t they have said they were firing him because his basic lack of respect for women and misunderstanding of their anatomy makes him unfit to educate children of either gender? Instead, this reads as a surface-level condemnation of a teacher who dared to self-publish a sexxxxy book in his spare time. Can we look forward to teachers getting fired because they moonlight as Harlequin romance writers in the future?
…They do have a point about the “sound judgment” regarding the whole self-publishing thing, though. And using his real name. And the cover art.
[Via The Daily Mail]