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Claire Fox, head of a thinktank called the Institute of Ideas, has penned a coruscating critique of “Generation Snowflake”, the name given to a growing group of youngsters who “believe it’s their right to be protected from anything they might find unpalatable”.
She said British and American universities are dominated by cabals of young women who are dead set on banning anything they find remotely offensive.
“It makes me sad that these teens and 20-somethings have become so fearful that they believe a dissenting opinion can pose such a serious threat,” Fox wrote in an article for Mail Online.
This hyper-sensitivity has prompted the University of East Anglia to outlaw sombreros in a Mexican restaurant and caused the National Union of Student to ban clapping as “as it might trigger trauma”, asking youngsters to use “jazz hands” instead.
Books containing troublesome material are now slapped with “trigger warnings”, whilst universities and student unions are declared “safe spaces” where young people should not have to encounter anything they disagree with.
“Their reaction shocked me. I take no pleasure in making teenagers cry, but it also brought home the contrast to previous generations of young people, who would have relished the chance to argue back.
originally posted by: EmmanuelGoldstein
a reply to: SprocketUK
True, but everything you need to know today can be found by pulling that phone out of your pocket and googling.
So all we need to be taught today is how to promote the new homogenized grey tinted life that awaits you.
No more laughing, no more crying, no more emotions.
Just lock step forward into our shiny new (not shiny) future.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: EmmanuelGoldstein
Can we bring back the students who were prepared to meet the police head on over tuition fees, the young men and women who stood up for the right of future students to have access to tuition without being charged for it, as opposed to this batch of morons?
I only ask, because I would rather have a world full of people who were willing to be charged on horseback to protect their rights and the rights of future generations, than the sort of backdoor Nazi bullsnip that this current mob seem to be promoting.