Trigger Warnings, Campus Speech, and the Right to Not Be Offended

"It's really not anyone else's business to tell someone when they are mentally and emotionally ready to deal with things," says Bailey Loverin, a University of Santa Barbara (UCSB) junior who authored a resolution to mandate that professors issue "trigger warnings" before presenting material that might trigger memories of past traumas in students.

Feminist and social justice blogs popularized the concept of the trigger warning, with writers encouraging each other to label posts that might trigger flashbacks to sexual assault or domestic abuse. As the popularity, and scope, of the trigger warning idea grew, some bloggers began listing potential triggers, ranging from rape and violence and suicide to snakes and needles and even "small holes."

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Oberlin College attracted media attention when its Office of Equity Concerns posted, and later removed, a trigger warning guide advising professors to avoid triggering topics such as racism, colonialism, and sexism when possible. The memo also suggests introducing discussions of potentially triggering works with language such as this:

We are reading this work in spite of the author’s racist frameworks because his work was foundational to establishing the field of anthropology, and because I think together we can challenge, deconstruct, and learn from his mistakes.

Loverin says that her trigger warning resolution is much more narrowly tailored to protect sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But she also goes a step further than anyone has at Oberlin by proposing that trigger warnings in the classroom be mandated.

"I don't feel that it's a problem asking for this to be mandated," says Loverin. "You're always going to have someone that's going to argue, 'Why? This is ridiculous. I shouldn't have to do this because I don't feel it. Why should anyone else?'"

Loverin's resolution passed the student-run Academic Senate and now awaits review by the faculty legislative body. Greg Lukianoff, President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), worries that mandated trigger warnings would set a troubling precedent on campus. He points to an incident that occured on the UCBS campus only days after the resolution passed wherein an associate professor of feminist studies stole a sign from pro-life protesters and then pushed one of them away when she tried to take the sign back. The professor's defense?

"What she argued was that the display was triggering," says Lukianoff. "It's a very unforunate part of human nature. If you give us an excuse to shut down speech with which we disagree, we're very quick to see it as an opportunity."

For the full story, watch the video above. Approximately 5 minutes. Produced by Zach Weissmueller. Shot by Alex Manning.

Read at: http://reason.com/reasontv/2014/05/08/trigger-warnings-campus-speec...

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Every time I hear the words "social justice " I wanna b---h slap the person who uttered them !!!!

Pimp Slap is ok, unless you are within 1000 yards of the people in the video.

that Is why we have a lot of wimpies.  They have to learn to roll with the punches,it makes you stronger.

2Tim Ch 3 comes to mind....

Really like your analysis.  A lot of the madness has to do with the morals, or lack thereof, emanating from our Hollywood over watchers.

The word racist, hmmm.  Sticks and stones.  

Oberlin is hot house of commie bull crap. The school pushes some of the dumbest crap ever. If this is higher education then I don't want it. No wonder the Muslims are stealthily taking over. You got a bunch of wealthy idiot commie professors and dumb people eating up this crap.

There are many things that trigger responses in me related to events in my past. Things that bring back my time in Vietnam, awful sights and events from my career in law wnforcement, my house burning down, my father dying, etc., etc. Bad things happen in life. It's impossible to insulate yourself from these bad things and it'sjust as  impossible to insulate yourself from things that can possibly trigger a memory of a bad time. You have to learn to deal with it and move on. You can't let bad events in your life conrol your life and you can't attempt to control the actions of others that may trigger a bad memory for you. That's your problem, not theirs. Don't let life make you a victim! There are far too many people that revel in victimhood and glory in their sufferage.  Listening to them trying to elicit sympathy from me triggers a response in me. I feel  like yelling at them, "GET A LIFE, MOVE ON!"

Please don't trigger my flashbacks with such words as, Racist, War on Woman, Inequality, Redistribution of Wealth, Green Living, Climate Change, Phony Scandal, etc.

I'm not sure that college is anything but an excuse to remain dependent on your parents, or government if you are applying for a grant to go to school .. they even have classes on how to fill out the welfare forms .. so if you graduate and don't want to work they show you how to leach off the tax payers ..

Something has to be said for our fore fathers who settled this Country with hard work and sweat .. and the fact that many of them were self educated , and were more endowed with common sense then many of the College grads of today ..

We have been eyewitnesses to the death of reason and true science. Today federal funding is the carrot on the stick that universities follow. But with federal funding comes a predetermined synthesis. Normal procedures of research are truly critical and actually follow a dialectic procedure of presenting a thesis which is an unproven theory, then researching the conflicts and contradictions which are the antithesis.  In real science, all of this has to be taken into consideration before formulating a thesis which is a proven idea.  But in modern research, at places like Harvard and Columbia, the thesis is predetermined before the federal money arrives.  The findings of research must match the presuppositions of the cultural Marxist establishment, or federal money stops coming.  Because of this, pseudo science is called upon to give credibility to radical environmentalism and the global warming myth. Many areas of research are effected. Traditional anthropology has been displaced by globalist mythology regarding the people and tribes of earth.  The arena of genetic science has been corrupted to the point that the obvious is disregarded so that Neo Lysenkoist can argue that genetic determinism is non existent. In it's place the unproveable foolishness of critical racial theory teaches students that race does not exist. 

Take note of the paragraph that was quoted in the posting that you just read. "We are reading this work in spite of the author’s racist frameworks because his work was foundational to establishing the field of anthropology, and because I think together we can challenge, deconstruct, and learn from his mistakes".

The key word is "deconstruct" .  The definition of deconstructionism is this: a theory used in the study of literature or philosophy which says that a piece of writing does not have just one meaning and that the meaning depends on the reader.

"In deconstruction, the critic claims there is no meaning to be found in the actual text, but only in the various, often mutually irreconcilable, 'virtual texts' constructed by readers in their search for meaning" (Rebecca Goldstein).

In short when someone resorts to deconstructionism, they are discounting historical evidence or empirical evidence as found in objective research, and finding results that suit their own interpretation. In short, this means that they can interpret something any way that they want. This has been the decline and fall of science, psychology, history, and just about anything that the cultural Marxist want to make fit their own presuppositions. It has always been their way that if a square plug does not fit a round hole, then you make it fit anyway. 

The death of real science is necessary in the eyes of those who would rule the global empire, because the entire premise of cultural Marxism is built on false foundations. Therefore it is necessary in their eyes to seize the apparatus not only of government, and education, but the apparatus of science and research. But if false science is presented as global dogma that cannot be challenged, then there will be no one to challenge the false premise of the global empire, and a new dark age will quench the candle light of true knowledge from the face of the earth, and with the advent of the fulfillment of their interpretation of the fulfillment of the progression of the dialectic, the world may never again emerge into the light of day as civilization, and the very tribes of humanity are drowned in the thick darkness of the eternal lie. 

Oh, shove it.  You have no rights unless you earn them.   Grow up and do your part for America instead of expecting to be supported all of your life.  Earn the right to speak.  There is no such thing as social justice.  You are blowing hot air and making an ass of yourself.  No one owes you anything.

 Social Justices is socialiest Crap,and a push to stiffel that you don't agree with , this is also part of the UN'S Agenda 21 label everyone ptsd or a terriost that don't agree with you or go along with Your Agenda. 1st Amendment has been sucessfully abolished in total. that leaves only the second .

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Obama Lies Again: – Ignores That The Year After Signing The Stimulus More Than (4) Million Jobs Were Lost

Former President Obama, the only President in US history who had his FBI and other Intel agencies spy on the opposition party candidate, claims that he created the great economy that Americans are enjoying today. The only thing Obama created was debt and massive job losses with his horrible economic recovery.

Yesterday the former President tweeted an effort to take credit for President Trump’s successful economy:

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Of course another @BarackObama lie. He can’t open his mouth without lying. 11 years ago the US lost (4.3) million jobs over the next 12 months. Horrible liar. https://twitter.com/barackobama/status/1229432034650722304 

Barack Obama  @BarackObama

Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history.

President Obama’s policies were a disgrace and a failure. He doubled the national debt in spite of zero interest rates from the Fed. His recovery was the worst in US history.

Also, Obama’s assertion is just plain false. The ‘Stimulus’ was passed in February 2009 right after Obama took over the Presidency. He promised to not pass any bills for at least a week to allow for the bills to be read by the people but lied as soon as he was sworn in. The Stimulus was hundreds and hundreds of pages of government handouts to Democrat districts and it was close to $1 million. This was not what America needed and it led to the Tea Party.

Far-left Wikipedia has this to say about the Stimulus:

Note that in his infinite wisdom, NYT economist Paul Krugman is credited with arguing that “the stimulus was far smaller than the economic crisis warranted”. (He also said the markets would crash and burn if President Trump was elected President.)

The data shows that the 12 months after Obama’s stimulus, the US lost 4.3 million jobs:

In Obama’s first three years he netted a loss of 1.5 million jobs compared to President Trump who has added more than 6.7 million jobs.

When it comes to the economy, the billionaire schools the community organizer every time.

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