If you need a trigger warning to read a book, maybe you’re not ready to attend a university.

The Telegraph UK reports:

Oxford University students say reading lists should come with ‘trigger warnings’

The student union called on Oxford to publish guidance for faculties to consider whether articles on reading lists amount to ‘hate speech’

Oxford University students have voted against “ableist, classist and misogynistic” reading lists, claiming that they should not be forced to engage with any “hateful material”. Students should not be required to attend any lectures, tutorials or seminars, nor should they have to sit exams, which involve “hate speech” against a particular group, according to a new policy that the university’s student union has adopted.

The policy, called “Protection of Transgender, Non-binary, Disabled, Working Class, and Women Students from Hatred in University Contexts”, also says that academics should include “trigger warnings” at the top of reading lists to give advance notice of potentially distressing material.


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