“free to disagree” without social or formal sanction”
We’ve come to this. Students meeting in secret to avoid the ire of the politically correct mob.
The College Fix reports:
NYU students form ‘non-conformist book club’ to secretly discuss non-PC ideas
Making a joke about being a girl instead of identifying as one? Saying that not all artists are “equally talented”? Wearing a Reagan-Bush shirt because it’s “laundry day”?
These are the cultural no-nos at New York University, and they led a bewildered Scottish student and a few dissident peers to form a “non-conformist book club” where they could “be free to disagree” without social or formal sanction.
Journalism graduate student Madeleine Kearns writes in The Spectator that she realized NYU students had to make their “own unsafe space” because speaking their minds freely in class and around campus “might cause life-ruining emotional trauma” to their peers:
During my ‘Welcome Week’, for example, I was presented with a choice of badges indicating my preferred gender pronouns: ‘he’, ‘she’, ‘they’ or ‘ze’?
The student in front of me, an Australian, found this hilarious: ‘Last time I checked, I was a girl.’ Her joke was met with stony silence. …
In a class discussion early in my first semester, I made the mistake of mentioning that I believed in objective standards in art. Some art is great, some isn’t, I said; not all artists are equally talented. This was deemed an undemocratic opinion and I was given a nickname: the cultural fascist. I’ve tried to take it affectionately.
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