Marco_palmezzano,_crocifissione_degli_UffiziThe new catchword on campuses is “triggering.”  Universities now warn students about any possible “trigger” that might upset them in curriculum or even faculty lectures.  Monash University now issues triggering warnings for courses like Surgeon General warnings on a pack of cigarettes.   At the University of Glasgow, theology students are being warned in advance that, in courses dealing with Christ, they may see distressing images of crucifixion.

Clockwork_orangeAAt Monash, students are warned if class discussion might raise issues of sexual assault, violence, domestic abuse, child abuse, eating disorders, self-harm, suicide, pornography, abortion, kidnapping, hate speech, animal cruelty and animal deaths including slaughterhouses.  It is hard to imagine a course that does not touch on an issue of “violence” or possible “hate speech”, particularly with the ever widening definition of hate speech and microaggressions.  Even English classes deal with slaughterhouses in works like The Jungle or Animal Farm.  You will find violence in works ranging from War and Peace to The Great Gatsby.  Indeed, Clockwork Orange is triggering from front to end.

It is hard to imagine a law class that did not hit at least a couple of these categories.  Even civil procedure can deal with violent or abusive or hateful subjects.  For torts and criminal law, the warning could be a virtual syllabus for the term.

There is rising criticism over the catering to what has become known derisively as the “Snowflake” generation of students.  That concern was magnified with the trigger warnings placed on the Glasgow court of “Creation to Apocalypse: Introduction to the Bible (Level 1).”  It would be rather difficult to study Christ if you are triggered by references to crucifixion.  It is a bit central to the story.

At Stirling University, there are trigger warnings in an archeology courses for students who would be triggered by . . .  you guessed it  . . . archeological finds like preserved bodies.  The university warns “We cannot anticipate or exclude the possibility that you may encounter material which is triggering [ie, which can trigger a negative reaction] and we urge that you take all necessary precautions to look after yourself in and around the programme.”


  1. Plus, I think a lot of this stuff is just self-fulfilling circle jerking for the purpose of making Trigger Warnings seem a real and necessary thing in people’s live – – – the very epitome of creating a demand for a product.

    Just like counseling for students after a shooting or something. It starts off slow, and then pretty soon it becomes an acceptable run-of-the-mill thing that people do after a tragedy. But somewhere, somebody is making money off providing the services. Either directly as the provider, or indirectly as somebody trying to shape an agenda.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  2. I thought this was an article from The Babylon Bee, but sadly no….

  3. This may also explain why there so many outbursts on airline flights. A stormy night. Next stop, the Twilight Zone. Buckle up.

  4. I think these Trigger Warnings are an exaggerated response to a problem that only exists for a few Leftist SJWs. Who are faking their symptoms to begin with, for political purposes.

    My goodness, but this is the generation that watches double-team penetration porn on their smartphones, and horrible torture movies like the Hostel Series, and laughs when a chick is gutted by a sadistic Elizabeth Bathory sort wants a literal blood bath.

    About the only time I see genuine horror on the Left, is when somebody tries to show Abortion pictures.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  5. My brother and his wife (58 yrs old) went to an House for sale (open house) looking for a starter home for His son and wife (29yrs old), and the sales agent said, ” You are the THIRD Set of Parents that have toured this afternoon for their children”.

    Enough said. Just let these snowflakes know that Ben Franklin was at work on a printing machine at 15 years old. And most young people were working by then also.

  6. Being a sensitive, kind hearted person is a good thing. In order for this society to remain a war focused society it is necessary to distort these good qualities into something which will no longer threaten the war state or will even benefit it. Fear is an excellent method. Ridicule is another. Redirecting it into narcissism is yet another method.

    Is it really a bad thing to be horrified by crucifixion? The truth is crucifixion is horrific. Some things which have happened and are happening are truly vile. It then becomes a matter not of not feeling anything about things which are vile (a good thing), it becomes a matter of acknowledging them openly and honestly. It is the only way to truly deal with history and the present. Shutting off empathy works for the powerful. It’s what they’ve done and it’s what they want from their “inferiors”. People who can’t feel will commit or allow or cheer violence. They won’t stop it, that’s for sure.

    I urge keeping feelings intact, including revulsion, empathy and kindness as well as anger, indignation and horror. Trigger warnings should come with commitments to truth. I wouldn’t have a problem with people being warned in advance that something will be very violent as long as people make a commitment to be truthful. We need people who feel, who care and who will see things as they are.

    The trigger movement distorts these good qualities by putting them in a box where they will not bother this war like state.

    1. Jill – are these special snowflakes going to want a trigger warning before their child falls down the steps? Falls out of a tree? Scrapes a knee riding a bike or skating? Gets a bruise playing baseball?

      Just what are the limits? And who is going to watch horror and monster films anymore? Do they need a trigger warning before Deadpool sends two samurai swords into an enemy’s body? Are they going to need a trigger warning before Deadpool opens his potty mouth? Where does it end?

      1. Plenty of people have PTSD and calling them “special snowflakes” is demeaning.

        1. Very few college students are veterans addled by shell shock.

      2. Paul,

        I think you are missing my point. This is at a school. There is nothing wrong with warning people they are about to see something violent. The other half of the equation is commitment to truth. That means, even if something is truly horrific, if it is happening, it needs to be honestly reckoned with.

        It’s not about TV or horror movies. It’s about things like the psychopaths running this world are about to nuke everyone. Too many of our people think nukes are fabulous. We are a war cult. We can only stop being a war cult by recognizing that war isn’t the highest and best thing human beings can do. We need to understand exactly what nuking the world means. To understand this we need people who can feel and think and be honest. As Jesse Ventura points out: ‘War is a failure…”

        1. Jill – this needs to be nipped at the bud. And that quote from Jesse Ventura is ironic since he is a former SEAL.

          1. No, Paul, Jesse is very serious. He has the courage to be for peace. Look it up!

            No, we do not need to nip kindness and sensitivity in the bud. We need to nip the worship of war and political figures and lies in the bud instead.

            1. Jill – pragmatically, peace never works. Look where we are today. I will take my advice from Sun Tzu.

              1. Paul,

                When societies have co-existed, goods and ideas have been freely exchanged. This has never been perfect but life conditions for many people have been much better than when societies are under constant warfare.

                I would hope most citizens would not appreciate the degradation of our Constitution and our financial system–a direct result of constant war making by the US. Let’s not forget all the people who have died or been harmed in other ways by our war making. This is nothing to take pride in or to want for our own or another nation. Continuous warfare is destroying our society. It has already laid waste to other nations and it will destroy the earth. That is not sustainable. Reality must supersede anyone’s advice.

                1. I would hope most citizens would not appreciate the degradation of our Constitution and our financial system–a direct result of constant war making by the US

                  They don’t because

                  1. We haven’t engaged in constant war-making and

                  2. Foreign policy and military matters have played no part in the actual degradation of our constitution, which has been a project of the law professoriate and the appellate judiciary.

                2. Jill – you are ill-informed about war. I suggest Military Heritage of America by Dupuy & Dupuy. It will only take you to 1956, but it will give you a backgrounder in warfare, strategy, etc. This is why women should be forced to take ROTC, you don’t get the basics the rest of us were taught. However, it is never too late to late to learn.

                  1. Paul,

                    You have no idea what I understand about war. This is just sexist drivel! Come on!

                    1. Jill, no one who reads what you post here is going to think you know the slightest thing about the military or foreign affairs. You’re an adolescent with a fat mouth.

                    2. Jill – do you understand strategy, tactics, two ocean navy, how Custer lost the Battle of the Little Big Horn, etc,?

          1. I saw that. I saw the protesters in S. Korea. Yes, he’s correct to question all the “war emergencies” that have just come up for some reason!

        2. It’s about things like the psychopaths running this world are about to nuke everyone.

          Jill, you’re a damaged person who cannot tell a real psychopath from a politician you find distasteful.

  7. Jobs to steer clear of after graduation:

    Funeral Director
    Homicide Detective

  8. Life doesn’t come with trigger warnings; insulating them from what they will experience in the real world is simply malpractice. What they aren’t teaching these students is how to think reasonably and rationally when things don’t go their way. These students will eventually graduate and they will likely enter the workforce. They will bring this baggage with them and when reality smacks them in the face, it’s then they will have to develop coping skills…or not. What impact will this have on business and society? An entire generation that would normally have taken their place in the world are now unqualified to do so. Just keep them out of politics if at all possible.

    “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” Abraham Lincoln

  9. For better and sometimes for worse, I have always pushed off, set my sail, and moved forward. The more warnings, the more exciting. This is the part of life that is necessary for any society to flourish. Without it there would be no Silicon Valley, or alternative energy, the future. Those that constantly attempt to adjust life for others so as not to cause any friction are more akin to those that criticize them, the ones that constantly view life through the rear view mirror. The future lies ahead of us. If you can’t think for yourselves then join the young Republicans and/or a church group. Dealing with the questions is what makes a people great.

    1. Issac,

      You have at least three pieces of propaganda here–impressive! 1. Silicon Valley is fabulous. There is a lot of non-innovation which is innovatively hyped there and there is true innovation on invading people’s lives on behalf of the police state and their corporate masters. So yes, kind of and yes for sure to commit EVIL! GO Team!!!!

      Then you say if people can’t think for themselves they should join the young Republicans/and or a church group. That’s just goofy. People who can’t think for themselves can be in any political party and plenty of atheists can’t either.

      It would be nice to have heard your very last sentence devoid of all the propaganda above it. I’d like to ask a question? Why can’t you see this is a society wide problem? Or do you see that and you just want to slam others because it helps you feel better or why is it?

        1. I had heard he’d like to be emperor. Sounds like it to me. Perhaps his doctors have discovered a genetic implant which will allow him to thrive after a nuclear Holocaust? He’ll be king of the dung hill for sure, and he’s just the man for it! CREEEPPPYYY!

    2. “For better and sometimes for worse, I have always pushed off, set my sail, and moved forward.”

      Why? How do you know you’re moving forward if you do not consider where you’ve been? Where’s your compass pointing? If your “vision” cannot see past your bow then you’re just going wherever the wind blows you. If you don’t know what port to sail then any course will do.

  10. I think that there needs to be dscusion on snowflake campus and all colleges in the nation about the method of execution by states or the federal government. We could start with the Christian values. Thou Shalt Not Kill. Then discuss the Baptist versions of the Sixth Commandment which is thou shalt not murder. The states go on to say that an “execution” is not a killing and certainly not a murder since it is legal. But all the snowflakes will go straight to hell if their home state executes or kills a human in the citizen’s name. The People of The Great State of Arkansas are killing a bunch this week. The method of killing should be discussed. Poison pills? Hanging? Electric chair? Gas chamber? What kind of gas? Sarin?

    You snowflakes are all going to Hell in the handbasket.

    1. Jack Ruby – I cannot imagine the trigger warning for “hanging, drawing and quartering.” Or a sky burial.

  11. I wouldn’t blame students-in-general. With scant doubt, the impetus for this arises from the supply-side at these places – the student affairs apparat and a gruesome subset of faculty. You have a few s***s in the student body pushing this, but they’re most clients of the faculty and administration, and they’d be ignored if their particular brand of crazy incorporated speaking in tongues rather than psychotropics or buggery. It’s really stupid to structure institutions to accommodate unstable and histrionic people. That merely encourages more behavior of the sort for which they already have an inclination.

  12. This is a trigger warning to snowflakes: Do not go outside your house. In the house do not go outside your bedroom or the bathroom when its needed. Do not watch tv. Do not read the newspaper. Do not go on-line. Do not seek medical treatment for your mental illness. Shoot yourself in the head. Guns are cheaper. Quit being a burden. You snowflakes are the beasts of burden.

    1. It’s just a hunch but suspect that this fully computerized generation has become the sheltered generation in no small part because of Facebook, social media where they are able to only interact with themselves and the people/events that they choose. They are not going to be able to manage their lives, family or raising their own children because they have no social skill sets for a real world. The coddling of the universities (an many of the approximately 3000 in the United States receive funding through our tax dollars) are putting their “Good Houskeeping” Seal of approval on this behavior. The “snowflakes” will enter the real world, DOA.

      1. Give it a rest, Elise. They’re responding to a few jerks because their rancid social ideology demands it.

  13. Good grief. I can understand some concern when individuals are suffering from serious mental illness but to behave as if we are all unable to control our emotions when we something disturbing or objectionable or offensive is insanity. My reaction is grow up!

    1. Justice Holmes – when I first went to college, there was a biology professor who would not pass you in his class unless you picked up a tarantula, scorpion or rattlesnake. You had to hold it for a full minute or let it crawl up your arm, depending on the species. Almost all the guys past the course. There was a significant failure rate with the girls. He invented the anti-serum for scorpion bites, so he was ‘bullet-proof.’ Think how the ‘special snowflakes’ would handle a situation like that.

      1. What you’re describing is an abuse of authority unless he’s dealing with zoology majors.

          1. Rubbish. “Academic freedom’ is exercised in the context of institutional rules. Academic freedom won’t and should not protect you from being suspended or canned for a long list of misbehaviors. In this case, that would be doing things which will cause trouble with your underwriters in service to stupid personal shticks.

            1. dss – it was the 60s and we were getting killed in Vietnam. Who the hell cared about underwriters.

              1. The probability a young man from the cohorts born during the years running from 1944 to 1951 had of dying in VietNam was about 0.45%. The probability a young woman would was nil. Tens of thousands of people were dying in car wrecks every year. How is that relevant to Prof. Jackwagon insisting that Muffy Brandon, nursing student, take a scorpion on her arm if she wanted her distribution credits?

                  1. There were just shy of 27 million live births during the period running from the beginning of 1944 to the end of 1951. Half were male and about 5% of these would have died before they were of military age. You had 58,220 deaths in VietNam of American servicemen. The ratio of 58,220 to 12.8 million is 0.0045, or 0.45%. That’s a little on the high side as some of the men who died were born before 1944 and a scatter after 1951. If you bracket out the share who were disqualified for military service (IV-F and I-Y), those killed account for 0.6%.

                    This National Archives site


                    specifies the casualties. Old issues of Vital Statistics of the United States and the Statistical Abstract will have the live births and life tables.

      2. Paul – in my invertebrate morphology class, we were diagraming specimens. There was no way to accurately draw the underside of the tarantula unless someone picked it up and held their hand up, fingers open, so the rest could draw. (You cannot flip a live tarantula on its back and have it lay there.) I picked it up, and was calm and relaxed until I brought it up to my face so I could open my fingers a bit to see the underside and show the rest in my group. There were these enormous fangs resting against the palm of my hand, moving a bit from time to time. It was quiescent…with enormous fangs. I calmly announced, “I’m done. Someone get this before I fling it across the room. I’ve got about 5 more seconds.”

        People would be surprised what goes on in science classes. My particular favorite was the revenant decapitated frog that sent the male and female students alike shrieking to the other side of the class. Oh, or the time we all got slightly poisoned in chem lab because the TA forgot how to say “fume hood” in English. Or the time we made artificial banana scent that also replicated bee sex hormones. Oh, that was a fun walk back to the dorm. More than any other class of major, students have to buck up buttercup.

        1. Nol onger…there are computerized dissection alternatives for those that don’t care to use animals.

            1. Paul,

              Why is the desire to avoid hurting animals a sign of being a wimp? We have minds. If we can use our minds to lesson suffering, why not do so? Why is hurting other people and species somehow considered strong? If there is a way to avoid harm it shows both strength and intelligence to take that way. Only very weak people desire the purposeless harm of others.

              1. Jill – why should we perform operations on people? We will just do computer simulations? That will either cure or save them.

                In education you go small to big. Frogs to humans. Some will never make it to humans, but those that at least did the frogs will have learned some anatomy.

                1. Paul,

                  I don’t think you understand the situation. The computer simulations are so good that they are equal to or better in allowing us to learn what we need to learn without killing anything. There is no need.

                  As a matter of fact, surgeons often use computers to “see” what they are doing now. Check it out. It has done wonders for people who may, at one time, have had tumors which were inoperable. Given the aid of computer imagining, surgeons can “see” things and get to things that were impossible to reach not so long ago. When there is no need to harm, harm is the action of the weak and feeble minded, not the strong and intellectually capable.

                  1. Jill – there is a big difference between computer simulation and hands on. I am a hands on type of guy. You are never going to convince me that the computer simulation is better. 😉

  14. I used to teach Computer Science. Only “trigger” warning required was that it would be quite demanding.

  15. My sister mentioned how the media is slowly changing …from far left to printing or airing some…not muchy but some….opposing views. I explained it’s about money . Readership or viewers drop ads don’t work , ads aren’t purchased media goes broke. …pretty soon nmo more left stream media. But I put it another way.

    CAUTION This short version explanation may carry an odiferous consequence.

    My view on the media? I can get the same crap by staring in the toilet bowl just before I flush it and via smell and sight find out it’ s all left – overs. After a while even the healthiest visit get’s boring.

  16. OT:

    Oh my. I think I am Back in the USSR, in the mid 80’s. This video flashed me back. What was truly bizarre was how ultra-80’s some of their media was but in practice it “missed the point” completely. It’s hard to describe but if you saw it in person, as an American teenager as I was back then, it would make sense but really not so much.

    One of the strangest examples of the ultra-80’s I saw there was in the beginning of the news broadcast for the day, it was news and then a workout show that was a weird knock-off of the 20 minute workout at home.

  17. Reinstitute the draft and teach these snowflake snobs there are “triggers” and then there are real triggers where you pull first or not at all — ever again.

    1. It’s really much simpler to can the student affairs apparatchiks and faculty members who are encouraging fragile students to make spectacles of themselves. And, if said students continue to make spectacles of themselves, tell them the institution is not a collecting pool for head cases and they need to leave and learn to handle workaday life under family supervision.

      Only a modest minority of men (12%?) and a miniscule minority of women have a vocation to military service. You institute conscription because you’re in an international political emergency which requires it, not because you have some social policy goal. The military does not want the piss and bother of training and disciplining people that don’t want to be there.

  18. I recall when I attended college, we students couldn’t wait to embark on adulthood and independence. Some of our professors would use profanity (such as when a physics professor accidentally shocked himself). We dealt with tough issues in class, and were expected to be mature enough to handle them. It would have been an agony of embarrassment to be considered too immature to calmly deal with difficult subjects, in class or conversation. This was the age where we wore black and gleefully argued in coffee houses.

    It appears they went the other way this generation…pity.

    We may disdain them now, but God help us, this is the generation who will be running things in 20 years. What does that mean for us as a society, now that independence, responsibility, frugality, long term planning…heck, even the basic belief that the world does not revolve around you and you have to tolerate different ideas have all been lost?

    1. Rugged individuality and self-sufficiency is the best defense to a world led by snowflakes. Personally I believe the only power they have is what they have guilt-tripped and conned people into granting them. If faced with people who are resolute and will not give in to their nonsense, they will individually shatter like a scribed tail of a prince rupert’s drop.

      An associate told me a truly pathetic story. She mentioned a practice she has seen around here where parents will accompany their young adult children to help negotiate their salaries having been offered a job with a company. Apparently this is not an isolated case. I suggested that she offer them minimum wage, ten hours per week, and restricted to non-school hours and weekends. I didn’t care how qualified they were on paper, if they continued to be a child hiding under their mother’s apron then they deserved only a child’s pay. Take it or leave it.

      That type of treatment is a good dose of reality medicine for these snowflakes. It’s like cough syrup: the worse it tastes, the better it works.

      1. My office hired a young attorney and his mother showed up with him on his first day of work. She plunked herself down in the managing partner’s office without being asked and proceeded to inform him of Snowflake’s career aspirations. Snowflake sat silently by while she ran the show. She then proceeded to inspect Snowflake’s office and went to lunch with him so that she could approve the local dining options. Snowflake immediately became the object of derision, and in response, he filed two EEOC complaints within his first six months, claiming to be the victim of discrimination. We were all greatly relieved when he left after about a year. Personally, I would be very wary of hiring anyone in the current generation of law students. Granted, my experience was limited, but a nightmare like that you don’t soon forget.

        1. You had a bad experience with one pair of strange birds (manifestly strange on day one) and you’re not going to hire anyone in ‘the current generation’ of law students? You have 49,000 law degrees awarded every year in this country.

        2. TIN

          A nightmare for sure, and not unexpected of the snowflake you describe. If too many of these type of conflicts arise, we can expect a number of organizations demanding more years experience to bypass the possibility of snowflakes being hired.

          We have seen an analogue of this happening here where cities that raised minimum wage significantly above the standard state level wage saw teenage unemployment rise. There was less incentive to hire lower cost teenagers when adults who have more life experience could then be attracted to better wages. Not that the teenagers were unsuited for such work, but the cost/benefit along with the restrictions placed by the state for minor workers it made for a compelling reason for many businesses are less inclined, by default, hire teenagers.

          But in the case of my original comment the fault for the situation was not the state making youth less employable, it is the applicants themselves.

          1. You forget about the middle managers ultimately responsible for making low level hiring decisions. You need to have quality people with good instincts doing the interviewing and making the hiring decisions. It matters not the qualifications of applicants if you have idiots making the hiring decisions.

            1. Seems to me a new hire who would come to their first day on the job with their Mommy was clearly not vetted properly during the interview process.

      2. Darren:

        I had to GOOGLE “Prince Rupert’s drops” and really enjoyed my search ( And there are all sorts of videos on hydraulic press vs Prince Rupert’s drops, and bullets vs Prince Rupert’s drops. But the tails are one heck of an Achilles Heel. I would have called them Achilles Drops.

        I would ask if you were joking about parents accompanying their offspring to their job interviews, but I have a sinking feeling you are not. I fear this widespread neurosis will have lasting consequences for our nation. They vote. This could be the decay of Rome. The lead in the pipes. The loose bolt on the timing belt that wrecks the engine.

        1. Karen, you do realize that he’s telling a story, don’t you? And you do recall what Flannery O’Connor said, “Literature deals in the possible, not the probable”.

    2. What will happen in 20 years is, quite simply, the triumph of radical Islam in the West, a sect whose devotees are uninterested in “safe spaces” and see weakness as surrender.

  19. re: “It would be rather difficult to study Christ if you are triggered by references to crucifixion. It is a bit central to the story.” that is an understatement. Who ARE these academic folk who issue such “warnings” It does not bode well for those inclined with a serious intellectual bent whether it be art historical or theology?

    1. I believe I will call them Dr Frankenstein, trying to manage the monster they created.

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