Trigger Warning: Feminist Vapidity, Leftist Retardation
While our society continues to devolve into a cesspool of cultural liberal filth, I have always tried to maintain an optimistic attitude. I have repeatedly (both on the blog and during my interview with Robert Stark) insisted that unplugging from pop culture and standing up for one’s heritage with tact can go a long way towards reversing these deleterious trends. In my last post, I even argued that the decline of students seeking worthless humanities degrees could also help undermine the Diversity Industrial Complex’s houses of sand.
Well, I myself may have been a humanities major in college, but the demise of liberal arts on college campuses can’t come soon enough. Representing a new low in the feminization and politically correct feminist pollution of college campuses, students are now beginning to request “trigger warnings” for certain offensive books such as “The Great Gatsby.” No longer confined to the delusional histrionics of social justice warriors on tumblr, it appears that online feminist thought is beginning to infect prominent universities.
Since my classmates and I were not afforded such protective trigger warnings during high school, I guess we have been irrevocably scarred. Were where these social justice warriors when our English teacher had us read “The Kite Runner,” which included a graphic scene of anal rape? Funnily enough, none of us were traumatized or driven to psychosis over the book, but I suppose we were lucky.
I’m not unreasonable. If a woman got brutally raped and suffered severe psychological repercussions on account of her sexual assault, then that’s one thing. In such special and individualized cases, I’m willing to cut a little slack with regards to applying trigger warnings. However, such “trigger warnings” as envisioned by social justice warriors go beyond rape. Consider the trigger warning “guide” from Oberlin College:
The guide said they should flag anything that might “disrupt a student’s learning” and “cause trauma,” including anything that would suggest the inferiority of anyone who is transgender (a form of discrimination known as cissexism) or who uses a wheelchair (or ableism).
“Be aware of racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, ableism, and other issues of privilege and oppression,” the guide said. “Realize that all forms of violence are traumatic, and that your students have lives before and outside your classroom, experiences you may not expect or understand.” For example, it said, while “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe — a novel set in colonial-era Nigeria — is a “triumph of literature that everyone in the world should read,” it could “trigger readers who have experienced racism, colonialism, religious persecution, violence, suicide and more.”
So basically, any novel that discusses contentious issues such as racism and racial tension, imperialism, or religious persecution should also have such trigger warnings applied. Pardon my french, but how fucking wimpy can these people really be? The same people who believe that women like themselves are equal to men (if not a bit superior) and insist that women are perfectly capable of leading companies and nations are so fragile that unpleasant content in a book can induce a psychological meltdown. I imagine our future female president will need to have discussions about geopolitical conflicts prefaced with such trigger warnings.
I try to maintain a hopeful outlook, but it sure as hell isn’t easy at times. That being said, I can’t say I’m too surprised by this latest development. Without trying to sound like an anti-intellectual Republican tool such as Rush Limbaugh, universities have long been hotbeds of cultural leftist garbage. Just before this latest craving for “trigger warnings,” rumors about Harvard’s proposed “check your privilege” orientation seminar abounded. Fortunately, it appears that the rumors were incorrect.
I’m also pleased that many professors are fed up with such nonsense. They may have had no problem allowing cultural leftism to run amok before, but now that their curricula and teaching methods could be adversely impacted by this latest SJW crusade, they have finally decided to draw the line. I may not think too highly of Baby Boomers, but shit, my fellow millennials really sicken me at times. I wonder how much longer it will take before “triggering” someone becomes an imprisonable offense.
This is yet another piece of evidence that demonstrates the fragile foundations of leftist pet causes. Without the support of academia and the media, these feckless feminists and other agitators would falter on the spot. Let’s hope that day comes sooner than later.