Prof at public college assigned students ‘The Baby Jesus Butt Plug’ as mandatory reading

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  • Book imagines world in which 'baby jesus is a very popular anal probe'
  • Also assigned ‘porno horror story’ about a twisted couch
  • Prof defended assignment saying it was ‘democratically’ chosen by class
  • A professor at the California State University - Long Beach, assigned students a 104-page book entitled “The Baby Jesus Butt Plug” last week as part of the mandatory reading for an upper level comparative world literature course.

    That book, which is described on Amazon.com as “Trashy and dark,” invites readers to “Step into a dark and absurd world where human beings are slaves to corporations, people are photocopied instead of born, and the baby jesus is a very popular anal probe.”

    “Step into a dark and absurd world where human beings are slaves to corporations, people are photocopied instead of born, and the baby jesus is a very popular anal probe.”   

    TheBlaze, which originally ran the story on Wednesday, reports that Prof. Jordan Smith, who is a an assistant professor of Comparative Literature at California State University, also assigned a book the week before entitled “The Curious Sofa: A Pornographic Work” which is described on Amazon.com as a “hilarious travesty of lust.”

    “There's nary a nipple (nor a drop of blood) in sight,” brags one of the official reviews on Amazon.

    "Some of the most curious and knee-slapingly hysterical blaspheme," reads another review.

    TheBlaze spoke with Smith, who confirmed he had assigned the controversial book and defended its choice, suggesting the book is worthy of serious academic merit even though he warned students “against it at first.”

    “I assigned a reader of Bizarro Fiction, a new genre of surreal gross-out literature in the United States,” he told TheBlaze’s Oliver Darcy.

    “Undergraduate education is about finding your voice and clarifying your values, and allowing the students to vote on whether they would rather tackle a difficulty, potentially-offensive text in a literature course is certainly one of the ways to facilitate that,” Smith added.

    Smith said he had also allowed students to vote on which books would be assigned reading for the Comic Spirit class which is part of the upper-division comparative literature curriculum at the California public school.

    A spokesperson for the university did not provide comment to TheBlaze, or to Campus Reform despite requests.

    H/T @OliverDarcy, TheBlaze.com

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    Josiah Ryan

    Josiah Ryan

    Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
    Josiah Ryan is a former editor-in-chief for Campus Reform, and former director of communications for LI's Campus Leadership Program. Previously Josiah reported on the U.S. Senate for The Hill newspaper in Washington D.C. and was the cofounder of The Floor Action blog, a live-stream on policy, politics, and procedure in the upper chamber.
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