Essay on Why Aaron B. Hanlton Defends Trigger Warnings

1058 Words Dec 9th, 2015 5 Pages
“Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense” (1). This quotation is from Greg Lukianff 's and Jonathan Haidt’s essay on trigger warnings called, The Coddling of the American Mind. In theory the concept of labeling texts or videos that might have content that could be found disturbing is a great idea, especially for those suffering from post traumatic stress. This opinion can be observed in the essay, The Trigger Warning Myth, where Aaron B. Hanlton defends trigger warnings. Unfortunately this good idea has spiraled out of control. As stated inThe Coddling of the American Mind’ “ In June, a professor protecting himself with a pseudonym wrote an essay for Vox describing how gingerly he now has to teach. “I’m a Liberal Professor, and My Liberal Students Terrify Me,”. Another passage from this essay shows how students are taking this too far. “
“A professor at Northwestern University, wrote an essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education describing a new campus politics of sexual paranoia—and was then subjected to a long investigation after students who were offended by the article and by a tweet she’d sent filed Title IX complaints against her.”
This is insanity. Professors are teaching in fear that they might be severely punished by something that they said or wrote. Students are becoming…

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