Trigger Warnings is the name given to an action where you have to warn people about what you are speaking about if it contains inappropriate or ‘scary’ or ‘hated’ things. The University ‘Student Union’ has passed a motion that means that essentially, the university has been turned into a ‘safe space’. How on earth are people meant to learn about the world, and the controversial issues, if they are constantly being shielded from the issues or topics.
Rita Panahi wrote this:
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).”
However, not all universities s are following La Trobe’s example. The University of Chicago released a statement saying:
“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.”...
To sum up the situation at what Andrew Bolt called an ‘anti-intellectualism’ university, Richard Dawkins tweets;
“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.”
He really gets to the point. People go to university to learn about the world, and better prepare themselves for properly entering it on their own. If they’re not ready for it, tell them to go back to pre-school. If they are ready for that, that is, because nap-time, in the middle of the day, may offend them.