FAIR OAKS, Calif. – Del Campo High School students are reading about the fictional Utopian city Omelas, where orgies abound, nude sex slaves roam the streets, and special drugs heighten the depravity with no side effects.
Lynnda Vincent doesn’t think the “award winning” short story by Ursula Le Guin is appropriate for her 15-year-old daughter or other students at the school.
“She has a paper and she wanted me to look at it because she didn’t understand what the word orgy meant and I said, ‘Where did you get this?’ and she said, ‘From school,’” Vincent told KFBK news radio.
Guin’s 1973 short story “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” describes an imaginary city where everyone is happy, and a lot of people are naked, and some take drugs while others engage in sex orgies involving naked priests and priestesses. In Omelas, they blow trumpets when people climax.
… I fear that Omelas so far strikes some of you as goody-goody. Smiles, bells parades, horses, bleh. If so, please add an orgy. If an orgy would help, don’t hesitate. Let us not, however, have temples from which issue beautiful nude priests and priestesses already half in ecstasy and ready to copulate with any man or woman, lover or stranger who desires union with the deep godhead of the blood, although that was my first idea.
But really it would be better not to have any temples in Omelas – at least, not manned temples. Religion…