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Cats and Dogs agree: No Trigger Warnings for Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Cats and Dogs agree: No Trigger Warnings for Ovid’s Metamorphoses

“even a right-wing venue can get stuff right, as Legal Insurrection does”

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On May 3, 2015, we started the ball rolling down the hill on the subject, Columbia Multicultural Advisors: Put Trigger Warning on Ovid’s Metamorphoses:

I think we have the 2015 Phrase of the Year: Trigger Warning.

But now they’ve gone too far….

Not all is well with The Metamorphoses at Columbia University.

In an Op-Ed in The Columbia Spectator, Our identities matter in Core classrooms, four members of the Columbia Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board complain that the study of classic works of Western civilization in general, and The Metamorphoses specifically, are “triggering,” insensitive, and make some students feel “unsafe” ….

The solution? First, a rewrite of the Core curriculum….

Then, Trigger Warnings….

And of course, the mandatory re-education training….

The topic has been percolating around the intertubes since our May 3 post.

We got a special shout out yesterday from Jerry A. Coyne at The New Republic, Life Is “Triggering.” The Best Literature Should Be, Too:

Ovid Life is Triggering New Republic

Sadly, the decline in free speech at American universities, and the proliferation of ludicrous “trigger warning” mandates for books and courses, are topics covered largely by the right-wing media, so often I must hold my nose as I examine their sources. But even a right-wing venue can get stuff right, as Legal Insurrection does on the latest bit of nonsense from American campuses: a request from students at Columbia University (a great school, by the way) to put trigger warnings on the work of Roman poet Ovid.

…. one of college’s most important functions is to learn how to hear and deal with challenging ideas. Cocooning oneself in a Big Safe Space for four years gets it exactly backwards. “Safety” has been transformed by colleges from “protection from physical harm” to “protection from disturbing ideas.”

In case you missed it, here are the key words, which I will type out for you slowly:

“even … a … right-wing … venue … can … get … stuff … right, … as … Legal … Insurrection …. does”

I think that’s a compliment? Or at least an insult wrapped in a compliment? Or a compliment wrapped in an insult?

Whatever, it could have been worse.

Which proves that even a left-wing venue can get stuff right, about Legal Insurrection, and Trigger Warnings, once in a while.

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Comments

Henry Hawkins | May 15, 2015 at 8:51 am

TRIGGER WARNING: NAKED BREASTS.

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.

Even a broken clock is right twice in 24 hours.

I guess I should feel proud of myself, for surviving four years of college in the early 70’s without the benefit of one single trigger warning.

Ah yes, those were simpler times, indeed.

Congratulations, Prof! ANOTHER small coup…or maybe it was a full sedan…

Anyhow, it may induce some TNR readers to come and sample the sanity here. After they recover from the initial shock, they might even drink from this well and revive their thirsting souls.

Heh…!

Henry Hawkins | May 15, 2015 at 10:14 am

OT ….. Request a video of the day in honor of BB King, who died in Las Vegas today.

Henry plays the blues.

    I second the motion.

    I listen to BB all the time. And to Robert Leroy Johnson.

    And, I’ve got a CD of Muddy Waters’ The Complete Plantation Recordings-The Historic 1941-42 Library of Congress Field Recordings.

    Chicago is blues – Koko Taylor and Buddy Guy to drop a couple of names. Kingston Mines blues bar…

      Henry Hawkins in reply to jennifer a johnson. | May 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Girl after my own heart. I’ve been playing guitars, mandolins, mountain dulcimers, diddley bows, and CBG guitars for 40 years, but I prefer the blues. BB King was awesome.

“…. one of college’s most important functions is to learn how to hear and deal with challenging ideas.”

Challenging ideas such as trigger warnings, snowflakes, rape culture, campus due process, hate speech carve-outs, safe zones, perpetuated adolescence, and so forth.

On the record to date, it does not appear that colleges are dealing all that well with today’s “challenging ideas”.

I never give trigger warnings…..especially when hunting.

Even a fragmented compliment like this can be the key to at least one Lefty partially seeing the light. The “safe space” and “trigger warnings” are the latest progression of the Left into their autistic mindset when dealing with reality.

DINORightMarie | May 15, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Whether intended as a complement or not, you are the MAN!!

Congratulations on reaching one of the few leftists who has enough rational, reasoned, clear gray matter to see truth regarding “trigger warnings.”

Loved this little gem, too:

one of college’s most important functions is to learn how to hear and deal with challenging ideas. Cocooning oneself in a Big Safe Space for four years gets it exactly backwards. “Safety” has been transformed by colleges from “protection from physical harm” to “protection from disturbing ideas.”

(emphasis mine)

Emotional and Selective meets with Rational and Reasonable to reach an ambiguous consensus in the dark alley behind the ivory towers. It’s “Citizens United” all over again.

I like to tell the story of a baseball coach that didn’t like me. In one game we were in the last inning and we had two men on base when I came to bat. I laid down a perfect bunt and the man on third score. My coach game up to me and said, “goodspkr, for once you did something right.”

Now that was a compliment, but it had company.

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