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Oxford University Students Want Reading Lists to Come With Trigger Warnings

Oxford University Students Want Reading Lists to Come With Trigger Warnings

“Protection of Transgender, Non-binary, Disabled, Working Class, and Women Students from Hatred in University Contexts”

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

Perfect. Let’s call these youngsters ‘college preemies.’

My trigger warning: “As you go through life, you will sometimes see and hear things that do not give you happy fuzzy wonderful thoughts. Deal with it.”

These children are trying to grasp power by looking for anything they can use to feign offense. They are not ready for college.

The only valid “trigger warning” is the one to “keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.”

Uh, there’s a big difference between providing trigger warnings (which can cause more harm than good) and demanding that certain works not even be considered for class material.

I’ll second Irv’s trigger warning above. 😉

Antifundamentalist | May 4, 2020 at 8:04 pm

Perhaps they should just put the Trigger Warning on the University application with the advisory that if they cannot manage their own issues they might not be ready to attend college.

    George_Kaplan in reply to Antifundamentalist. | May 4, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    The trigger warning types are irritating. They demand their rights be protected, and yet object to not being able to trample over the fundamental rights of others. Privilege much?

      chocopot in reply to George_Kaplan. | May 5, 2020 at 3:01 pm

      This is the price we are paying and will continue to pay for sitting back and allowing the Left to take over nearly complete control of our educational system in the West.

I’m all for Trigger warnings. I’m thinking in particular of Ken White (Popehat) and his fear of ponies. I think if he were given the list he should be warned about any book on it that involves horses.

I’m a little confused, though; is there a significant difference between a trigger warning and a trigger guard?

HarvardPhD | May 6, 2020 at 1:29 am

I would love to know how representative the student union is of Oxford students. I would wager: not very. In any case, at an institution where most instruction (especially in the humanities and social sciences) is done through individual or small group tutorials, and lectures are optional, the “trigger warning” is even more absurd than it is in the American-style class. Perhaps Oxford students are now eager to emulate their American cousins, when it has traditionally been the reverse?

An Oxford education usually requires more maturity expected of the students than in the US: students must read and prepare regular essays for their tutor; their academic standing is dependent solely upon how well they do in examinations administered at the end of the first and particularly the third (normally final) year. I am amazed that anyone at the University of Oxford (or of Cambridge) would expect to be spoon-fed in the manner of the more infantile of American students. Who are these children who are imitating the worst that North America has to offer?

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