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Trigger Warnings and Frailty of the Millennial Mind
The Atlantic’s staff writers are generally a retarded lot, fearing to venture past the accepted norms of liberal dogma. However, The Atlantic does occasionally print some real journalism, generally freelanced instead of inhouse. Today’s article is about something we often talk about and deride here at RVF. Trigger warnings and the Frailty of the Millennial Mind. Written by Greg Lukianoff (CEO of FIRE) and Jonathan Haidt (highly respected social psychologist, I really recommend reading his books), the article reinforces several manosphere points. It’s a long article that’s well done, so I’m not going to post the whole thing, but I will choose a few choice excerpts. The full article can be read at The Coddling of the American Mind

Quote:Two terms have risen quickly from obscurity into common campus parlance. Microaggressions are small actions or word choices that seem on their face to have no malicious intent but that are thought of as a kind of violence nonetheless. For example, by some campus guidelines, it is a microaggression to ask an Asian American or Latino American “Where were you born?,” because this implies that he or she is not a real American. Trigger warnings are alerts that professors are expected to issue if something in a course might cause a strong emotional response. For example, some students have called for warnings that Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart describes racial violence and that F. Scott Fitzgerald’sThe Great Gatsby portrays misogyny and physical abuse, so that students who have been previously victimized by racism or domestic violence can choose to avoid these works, which they believe might “trigger” a recurrence of past trauma.

The irony of racism via trying to avoid racism is lost on them. The idea that someone could actually be “triggered” by asking them a simple question, or having them read the Great Gatsby, is laughable. Unfortunately, these are the times we’re living in.

Quote:This new climate is slowly being institutionalized, and is affecting what can be said in the classroom, even as a basis for discussion. During the 2014–15 school year, for instance, the deans and department chairs at the 10 University of California system schools were presented by administrators at faculty leader-training sessions with examples of microaggressions. The list of offensive statements included: “America is the land of opportunity” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job.”

Literally, I can’t. Those aren’t even opinions. They’re facts. Not even controversial or “hard” truths. You seriously have to worry for the mental health of anybody who is offended by those statements.

Quote:There’s a saying common in education circles: Don’t teach students what to think; teach them how to think. The idea goes back at least as far as Socrates. Today, what we call the Socratic method is a way of teaching that fosters critical thinking, in part by encouraging students to question their own unexamined beliefs, as well as the received wisdom of those around them. Such questioning sometimes leads to discomfort, and even to anger, on the way to understanding.

There can be no emotion that is not a positive emotion. At least, according to the ultra PCism that has taken over our campuses.

Quote:But vindictive protectiveness teaches students to think in a very different way. It prepares them poorly for professional life, which often demands intellectual engagement with people and ideas one might find uncongenial or wrong. The harm may be more immediate, too. A campus culture devoted to policing speech and punishing speakers is likely to engender patterns of thought that are surprisingly similar to those long identified by cognitive behavioral therapists as causes of depression and anxiety. The new protectiveness may be teaching students to think pathologically.

Colleges are now actively promoting poor mental health and handicapping our future workforce. Depression and anxiety are on the rise, and this is one of the reasons why.

Quote:The flight to safety also happened at school. Dangerous play structures were removed from playgrounds; peanut butter was banned from student lunches. After the 1999 Columbine massacre in Colorado, many schools cracked down on bullying, implementing “zero tolerance” policies. In a variety of ways, children born after 1980—the Millennials—got a consistent message from adults: life is dangerous, but adults will do everything in their power to protect you from harm, not just from strangers but from one another as well.

And then the real world bitch slaps these kids into a depressed and anxiety riddled existence, because they’ve been protected their entire lives. You can’t grow without resistance, but for Millennials, it hasn’t been allowed.

Quote:So it’s not hard to imagine why students arriving on campus today might be more desirous of protection and more hostile toward ideological opponents than in generations past. This hostility, and the self-righteousness fueled by strong partisan emotions, can be expected to add force to any moral crusade. A principle of moral psychology is that “morality binds and blinds.” Part of what we do when we make moral judgments is express allegiance to a team. But that can interfere with our ability to think critically. Acknowledging that the other side’s viewpoint has any merit is risky—your teammates may see you as a traitor.

We see this happen when SJW’s turn on each other, especially if one isn’t fanatical enough.

Quote:We do not mean to imply simple causation, but rates of mental illness in young adults have been rising, both on campus and off, in recent decades. […]The rate of emotional distress reported by students themselves is also high, and rising. In a 2014 survey by the American College Health Association, 54 percent of college students surveyed said that they had “felt overwhelming anxiety” in the past 12 months, up from 49 percent in the same survey just five years earlier. Students seem to be reporting more emotional crises; many seem fragile, and this has surely changed the way university faculty and administrators interact with them. The question is whether some of those changes might be doing more harm than good.

They may not mean to imply causation, but there it is. Today’s youth are weak, and getting weaker every year.

Quote:Emotional reasoning dominates many campus debates and discussions. A claim that someone’s words are “offensive” is not just an expression of one’s own subjective feeling of offendedness. It is, rather, a public charge that the speaker has done something objectively wrong. It is a demand that the speaker apologize or be punished by some authority for committing an offense.

We often see SJW’s appeal to authorities, and that they see their subjective reality as objective truth.

Quote:But in 2013, the Departments of Justice and Education greatly broadened the definition of sexual harassment to include verbal conduct that is simply “unwelcome.” Out of fear of federal investigations, universities are now applying that standard—defining unwelcome speech as harassment—not just to sex, but to race, religion, and veteran status as well. Everyone is supposed to rely upon his or her own subjective feelings to decide whether a comment by a professor or a fellow student is unwelcome, and therefore grounds for a harassment claim. Emotional reasoning is now accepted as evidence.

Gaming chicks, is now, literally a crime. Undoubtedly, thought crime itself is just around the corner. I feel bad for the kids in college today.

Quote:The idea that words (or smells or any sensory input) can trigger searing memories of past trauma—and intense fear that it may be repeated—has been around at least since World War I, when psychiatrists began treating soldiers for what is now called post-traumatic stress disorder. But explicit trigger warnings are believed to have originated much more recently, on message boards in the early days of the Internet. Trigger warnings became particularly prevalent in self-help and feminist forums, where they allowed readers who had suffered from traumatic events like sexual assault to avoid graphic content that might trigger flashbacks or panic attacks. Search-engine trends indicate that the phrase broke into mainstream use online around 2011, spiked in 2014, and reached an all-time high in 2015. The use of trigger warnings on campus appears to have followed a similar trajectory; seemingly overnight, students at universities across the country have begun demanding that their professors issue warnings before covering material that might evoke a negative emotional response.

Combined with the above points about this kind of thought actually creating mental disorders, trigger warnings, having come from feminists, show definitively that feminism, in its modern form, is actually a toxic and destructive ideology.

The rest of the article goes through and breaks down the facets and implications of the adaptation of trigger warnings into the collegiate vernacular. The entire article is filled with quotables, so I’ll just suggest that you read it yourself. What I find most promising about this article, besides justification for we’ve always said here, is that it was published in The Atlantic, a magazine that is very popular with liberals. Hopefully this will cause some of them to actually stop and think about what they’re doing, and how much it is harming kids today. It won’t reverse the damage already done, but perhaps it can start the process to getting college back to what it was supposed to be. I’ll leave you with one last quote from the article, courtesy of Thomas Jefferson in regards to the University of Virginia

Quote:This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.
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RE: Trigger Warnings and Frailty of the Millennial Mind
This is actually an excellent article. There were a few points I sort of disagree with, but overall, it's pretty good. Several of the cases mentioned in the article have been discussed here previously.

They didn't spend enough time focusing on the fact that these very people who are so delicate and fragile will quickly resort to violence if their feelings are hurt in any way. Case in point: Roosh having a beer dumped on his head last weekend.

It shouldn't come as a surprise to see why so many people keep their noses buried in their phones all day, and their only social interactions are online.
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RE: Trigger Warnings and Frailty of the Millennial Mind
I think most of this has nothing to do with the people supposedly harmed - it's what a power grab looks like when all power has already been absorbed by the state. Feminists and SJWs have sold their BS so completely that they are literally running out of things to control so they sit around and invent new hoops for people to jump through...selling it under the guise of compassion.

I think the real tragedy isn't the power-mad people trying to exercise control, it's the average guy out there who allows it to happen. Rank and file SJWs and the people who don't challenge them on their BS are a FAR bigger problem than a few people dreaming up new ways to be butthurt.
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RE: Trigger Warnings and Frailty of the Millennial Mind
(08-12-2015 11:06 AM)porscheguy Wrote:  This is actually an excellent article. There were a few points I sort of disagree with, but overall, it's pretty good. Several of the cases mentioned in the article have been discussed here previously.

They didn't spend enough time focusing on the fact that these very people who are so delicate and fragile will quickly resort to violence if their feelings are hurt in any way. Case in point: Roosh having a beer dumped on his head last weekend.

It shouldn't come as a surprise to see why so many people keep their noses buried in their phones all day, and their only social interactions are online.

Agreed. Another thing they didn't focus on, which they should have, is the result of stifling of speech and ideas. Not only does is result in a less resilient individual, it also causes Newspeakesque effects in society. These people don't hear new/controversial ideas and then become incapable of even understanding them, which then causes them to act out in anger like you point out. Free speech is the most important element in a free society. Without the free exchange of competing ideas, one is left to recycle old ideas, distilling them down to an absurd bastardization of the original thought. With no outside checks balancing out the thought, you get extreme ideas with little basis in reality. Case in point: feminism. I can't even get a moderate feminist to agree that feminism has caused some negative consequences, despite pointing out radfem elements who suggest caging men and keeping them alive for breeding purposes only.

Emotional reasoning is often reactionary. It seems as these SJWs are actually incapable of reflective thought, existing as a purely reactionary force. While I detest them and their methods, it pales in comparison to the disgust I have for society writ large for allowing things to come so far. America has forgotten the ideals upon which it was founded. Guess I better head to the doc and get a 'script for some Soma to face this brave new world.
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RE: Trigger Warnings and Frailty of the Millennial Mind
In this video, Barry Crimmins, a stand up comic and political activist who testified in front of Congress about lax standards at AOL regarding pedophiles, and is now starring in a documentary (Call Me Lucky) in which he recounts his own experience of being raped at 4, goes on the Joe Rogan Experience and absolutely shits all over the concept of trigger warnings:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGYjzWLkd2c



More info about him: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultura...ing-comedy
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RE: Trigger Warnings and Frailty of the Millennial Mind
Rocksteady thanks for a fantastic article and analysis. I had completely written The Atlantic off, at least their freelancer writers are still worth a read

(08-12-2015 09:32 AM)rocksteady Wrote:  There can be no emotion that is not a positive emotion. At least, according to the ultra PCism that has taken over our campuses.

Consciously yes, they only accept positive emotions. Anything remotely uncomfortable like not getting what you want immediately, or considering someone else's point of view, is discarded. Normally, this is the behavior of very small children (0 to 2 years or so). Then a psychological process takes place, where the child empathizes with others, and learns to deal with discomfort. A small fraction of the children are unable to do that and the window closes forever, and they become sociopaths. At least that's how it was before, within a family unit and two parents that took on their parenting roles and differenciated sexes.

Now, we have people that stumbled into adulthood with still the mindset of 0-2 year old children, and post things on Facebook like "I can't adult today" with tons of likes.

Unconsciously, they do welcome the emotion of rage. They are addicted to its effects and just CANNOT WAIT for the next manhunt - cecil the lion, roosh, whatever will come on their radar this week. But they will never admit to that consciously.
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RE: Trigger Warnings and Frailty of the Millennial Mind
NPR (KCRW) did a surprisingly balanced segment on this article today. The opposition got schooled by the Atlantic writer and supporting guests.

http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/to-the-point

Is Free Speech in Trouble on Campus?
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RE: Trigger Warnings and Frailty of the Millennial Mind
I have seen the future, and it is screaming at me.

The title is an obvious reference to the book The Closing of the American Mind wherein a professor discusses how his students became so stupid. He concluded that they believed in equality so strongly that they would no longer determine what is right or wrong.

This is the new evolution of that same thinking.
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