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Now Trigger-Happy University Students
Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders

Posted on 05/20/2014 11:33:07 AM PDT by Kaslin

Academia is hell. In the latest higher-education fad, students want "trigger warnings," according to The New York Times. It appears that some students are so fragile that they want university staff to protect them from big bad ideas.

Students around the country say they want "explicit alerts that the material they are about to read or see in a classroom might upset them or, as some students assert, cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in victims of rape or in war veterans." An Oberlin College draft -- now "under revision" -- for trigger warnings suggested faculty "be aware of racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, ableism and other issues of privilege and oppression."

At Rutgers University, a sophomore wrote, "Studying art is an emotionally draining experience." And: "By creating trigger warnings for their students, professors can help to create a safe space for their students."

Be aware: "Safe" also can mean keeping students safe from having to think freely. In March, University of California, Santa Barbara feminist studies professor Mireille Miller-Young got in an argument with anti-abortion protesters. I guess she lost, because she grabbed a protester's sign; once in a "safe place," her office, she destroyed it. Police charged the professor with vandalism, battery and robbery. According to the police report, Miller-Young, who was pregnant, said that the sign "triggered" a reaction in her and that she had acted in defense of her "right to go to work and not be in harm."

Like Miller-Young, I find photos of aborted fetuses offensive. That leaves me with two options: Don't look. Or try to persuade the young women waving the sign to desist.

The professor chose a third: to use force. Sadly, more than 1,000 students signed a petition that supports Miller-Young and urges UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang to re-evaluate "rules and regulations that allow outside community members to so heavily trigger and target students and faculty on this campus."

Translation: We cannot handle free speech.

Miller-Young's dissertation is titled "A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women, Sex Work and Pornography." Free speech worked for her then, but now she doesn't want to share it.

Then there's the "hate speech" excuse. My pal Steve Hayward was invited to be the University of Colorado's first visiting scholar in conservative thought. Before his year was up, a small group of academics wanted to haul him before the faculty assembly for a formal censure. His offense? He had posted a blog with a lame joke about "LGBTQRSTUW (or whatever letters have been added lately)." One professor charged that the post was "bordering on" hate speech.

Miller-Young called the anti-abortion sign "hate speech." In Colorado, you don't have to use hate speech; just border on it and they'll go after you.

The trigger-happy may tell themselves politics have nothing to do with their efforts to silence others. The Miller-Young petition framed the issue as a matter of "safety." In a way, they're right. In many quarters in academia, it is not safe to think for yourself.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; US: California; US: Colorado; US: New York; US: Ohio
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1 posted on 05/20/2014 11:33:07 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Well, it’s official, the future generations are a bunch of pu$$ies.


2 posted on 05/20/2014 11:35:18 AM PDT by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: Kaslin
Speaking of trigger warnings, this post needed a .
3 posted on 05/20/2014 11:36:22 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: Kaslin

Next they’ll want trigger warnings on the trigger warnings.


4 posted on 05/20/2014 11:36:26 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: mbarker12474
Speaking of trigger warnings, this post needed a <Barf Alert>.
5 posted on 05/20/2014 11:39:13 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: Kaslin
His offense? He had posted a blog with a lame joke about "LGBTQRSTUW (or whatever letters have been added lately)."

Why just go all the way and be done with it?

-ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ-

6 posted on 05/20/2014 11:40:33 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Kirkwood

This will be another reason I might eschew university; a bunch of people walking around with a bunch of different triggers, making socializing a nerve wracking experience.


7 posted on 05/20/2014 11:40:38 AM PDT by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: Kaslin

I find the use of the word “trigger” offensive since it brings to mind thoughts of those evil fully suppressed .9mm caliber full auto loading S&W Glock Assault rifle pistols. I can’t be expected to stand for this. Not even a little bit.


8 posted on 05/20/2014 11:42:30 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: CorporateStepsister

First generation Eloi.


9 posted on 05/20/2014 11:46:00 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: CorporateStepsister

But think of all the fun you’ll miss making liberals blow a gasket.


10 posted on 05/20/2014 11:46:03 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kaslin

Are the words, “You’re fired!” a trigger that could destroy their fragile, little egos?


11 posted on 05/20/2014 11:46:59 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Kaslin

Maybe that’s what happened to that kid who attacked the Christian guy at a college or university. Anyone care to post the video because I can’t find it. It might have been pulled again by GoogTube.


12 posted on 05/20/2014 11:50:54 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: muir_redwoods

The t-word.


13 posted on 05/20/2014 11:57:10 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kaslin

Hey, I’m going to start talking about being hit with a hammer. So you are all warned that if my talking about being hit with a hammer is going to make you think about one time when you were hit with a hammer, and you want to avoid thinking about being hit with a hammer, well then hey, here is your warning that I’m going to talk about getting hit with a hammer.

You now have 20 seconds to leave, and go elsewhere, where you won’t be thinking at all about being hit with a hammer.

Man, these warning triggers are wonderful and certain to prevent people from thinking about the things that might bother them.


14 posted on 05/20/2014 12:23:56 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Kaslin

I saw many things in my calculus classes and theoretical physics class that upset me.


15 posted on 05/20/2014 12:26:53 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Kaslin

So what’s this phenomenon going to be called?

Pre-traumatic Stress Disorder?


16 posted on 05/20/2014 12:35:51 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: muir_redwoods

The word “Trigger” reminds me of horses...

...and how cruel man is to horses...

...

...

Excuse me, I have to go call PETA...


17 posted on 05/20/2014 12:37:14 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Linear Algebra traumatized me for life...


18 posted on 05/20/2014 12:38:28 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: SampleMan

Thanks for the trigger warning.

Now I can avoid having your subsequent postings remind me of that time I got hit by a hammer. I’ve finally managed to put getting hit by a hammer completely out of my mind. I’ve reached a point in my life where I never think about being hit by a hammer, and I am grateful to you for allowing me to continue my life, thinking about anything I want to think about - except, of course, being hit by that hammer.


19 posted on 05/20/2014 12:43:54 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: Kirkwood

We should ban the word trigger, it rhymes with the n-word.


20 posted on 05/20/2014 1:13:19 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Just what I was thinking. If you look at the word “trigger” just right, from a certain distance and with your eyes squinted just a tad, it looks like the N word.


21 posted on 05/20/2014 1:51:54 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: CorporateStepsister
"Studying art is an emotionally draining experience." And: "By creating trigger warnings for their students, professors can help to create a safe space for their students."

Wrap them up in a blankie and give them a bottle.

Forget about finding a job. They don't even have the constitution to look for one.

22 posted on 05/20/2014 2:16:26 PM PDT by D Rider (Don't give sharp objects to small children)
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To: Kirkwood

They better have a “trigger warning” on all the dictionaries, since they all contain words that are objectionable to someone or everyone.


23 posted on 05/20/2014 2:57:05 PM PDT by Ed Condon (subliminal messages here in invisible ink)
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To: Impala64ssa
We should ban the word trigger, it rhymes with the n-word.

Trigger, please!

24 posted on 05/20/2014 3:17:53 PM PDT by DaBroasta
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To: muir_redwoods

"The sheriff's horse is named TR...

 

25 posted on 05/20/2014 3:18:52 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Kirkwood

Triggers must be banned. All of them, including the stuffed one.


26 posted on 05/20/2014 3:23:00 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: All

I hope that is a satire.

Life is hard. And there is every reason to believe that on the path were on, it’s going to get a lot harder. Being protected from “triggers” is not doing anybody any favors.

And yet again, I’m beginning to wonder if the PTSD diagnosis is being run into the ground. I am the one whose neighbor claimed that her PTSD was triggered by other residents playing Scrabble in the hallway. And another one had her PTSD triggered by construction noise across the street. I don’t know how these women came to have PTSD in the first place.

Sorry, but I think the woman who tore up the girls sign just didnt like pro-lifers and made that up so it wouldn’t sound so bad.


27 posted on 05/20/2014 6:45:49 PM PDT by crazycatlady
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Translation: We cannot handle free speech...In many quarters in academia, it is not safe to think for yourself.

More thought control from alleged scholars.



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28 posted on 05/20/2014 6:47:43 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Kaslin

29 posted on 05/20/2014 11:40:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: WayneS

Linear Algebra traumatized me for life...

...plane geometry did me in...I found it such a useless thing for me to be involved with that even today I’d like to go dig up Euclid’s body from whatever sarcophagus he is in, and riddle the corpse with bullets...after I give proper trigger warning, of course...


30 posted on 05/21/2014 9:33:13 AM PDT by IrishBrigade (')
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Anyone signing such BS should be expelled and forced to start paying back their student loans. Thanks Kaslin.
It appears that some students are so fragile that they want ... "explicit alerts that the material they are about to read or see in a classroom might upset them or, as some students assert, cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in victims of rape or in war veterans." An Oberlin College draft -- now "under revision" -- for trigger warnings suggested faculty "be aware of racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, ableism and other issues of privilege and oppression."

31 posted on 05/22/2014 3:59:34 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Kaslin
"Studying art is an emotionally draining experience." And: "By creating trigger warnings for their students, professors can help to create a safe space for their students."

Yeah, ART majors are the ones suffering through a brutal schedule at the university level! Those Medical and Science doctoral candidates have it easy. Just try sitting in an art class touching up a chalk drawing at your whim for 4 hours! Why, that project is due in 2 weeks!!!

(And exactly why is ART class delving into race, gender, sexual preferences, etc? Exactly how many students don't feel like they're in a "safe space" in ART class?!?)

32 posted on 05/22/2014 5:40:46 AM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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