A brief post, with a few links, was published at Metafilter on the issue of colleges and universities becoming “non-free speech zones.”
Free speech is so last century. Today’s students want the ‘right to be comfortable’ in British Universities. The New York Times chimes in on this side of the Atlantic. Popehat offers a possible explanation.
It was followed up by a comment about how a debate on abortion at Oxford’s Christ Church was scuttled after feminists vehemently objected to “two human beings ‘who do not have uteruses’” engaging in such a debate:
I was attacked by a swarm of Stepford students this week. On Tuesday, I was supposed to take part in a debate about abortion at Christ Church, Oxford. I was invited by the Oxford Students for Life to put the pro-choice argument against the journalist Timothy Stanley, who is pro-life. But apparently it is forbidden for men to talk about abortion. A mob of furious feministic Oxford students, all robotically uttering the same stuff about feeling offended, set up a Facebook page littered with expletives and demands for the debate to be called off. They said it was outrageous that two human beings ‘who do not have uteruses’ should get to hold forth on abortion
I can’t imagine why people would object to this debate, but the author sure looks like an impartial, objective POV if I ever saw one!
While the commenter was taking the “pro choice” position, which one might suppose would be tolerated, even if not cheered, the reaction received was less than enthusiastic. My new favorite commenter in the world, Nora Reed, had this to say:
I am so fucking sick of overprivileged cishet white dudes getting all salty over trigger warnings and safe spaces. This particular asshole is really upset about the Blurred Lines thing and he’s pretending to not notice the fact that it is a song that glorifies rape by just calling it “rude”.
It’s especially shitty when it’s talking about rape culture shit and safe spaces where people can recover from sexual assault, since that’s so incredibly pervasive on college campuses. God forbid students have a place where they can go and do fun stuff and be around soft things and not have to think about their institution failing to protect them from the assault that’s already occurred and probably is failing to protect them from having to see their perpetrator on a regular basis too.
You get one of these fucking essays every time someone tells a white dude to maybe shut up or that he’s not welcome somewhere and the entitlement starts oozing out of his fucking pores all over his keyboard. I’m amazed that I even have the mental energy to be annoyed with it anymore, since I’ve heard this shit so many times.
I too am amazed Nora has the mental energy to be annoyed anymore, what with choosing her words so carefully to convey the full impact of her message of love and tolerance. No wonder she needs to eat. And yet, she gave the last ounce of strength to add:
also lol at the idea that the constant bombardment of racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, rape culture, etc is “unfamiliar ideas” and a series of micro- and macro- aggressions that regularly causes serious trauma to people in marginalized groups and requires significant time and energy to deal with
except not lol because i am super pissed, fuck all of these writers
If people like Nora didn’t exist to protect the world from evil haters, where would we be? If Nora Reed didn’t exist, we would have to invent her to have someone to show us the way. Thank you, Nora, from this overprivileged cishet white dude who needs to shut up.