Are these students for real with these "trigger warnings"?
Andrew Bolt, Herald Su
La Trobe University’s student union passed a motion to use trigger warnings in student council meetings. Its list of issues requiring a trigger warning is extensive, including the usual fare such as eating disorders, rape, suicide and violence, but also includes vomit, snakes, spiders, Islamophobia, needles, slimy things, insects, classism, food, eye contact, misophonia (hatred of sounds), pregnancy, queerphobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, weapons, sex, and any discussion of “isms” including “shaming, or hatred of any kind (racism, classism, hatred of cultures/ethnicities that differ from your own, sexism, hatred of sexualities or genders that differ from your own, anti-multiple, non-vanilla shaming, sex positive shaming, fat shaming/body image shaming, neuroatypical shaming).”
Thank God some are now fighting back:
But the University of Chicago ... issued a letter to all incoming students explaining that it was committed to “freedom of inquiry and expression” ...
“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so called ‘trigger warnings’, we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.”...
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins summed it up beautifully when he tweeted:
“A university is not a ‘safe space’. If you need a safe space, leave, go home, hug your teddy and suck your thumb until ready for university.”