(from The Chronicle of Higher Education):
By Mason Stokes
Since I published an essay, “In Defense of Trigger Warnings,” in The Chronicle about 18 months ago, such a defense has become even harder to mount. Though the much ballyhooed fear that faculty would soon be required to issue trigger warnings has failed to materialize (the one college that proposed such a requirement, Oberlin, has withdrawn it), public attention to the topic has resulted in a frenzy of too-easy condemnation and ridicule.
Millennials are increasingly portrayed as too delicate to live in the world, too ideologically rigid to survive exposure to opposing political opinions. Even President Obama has weighed in, arguing that students shouldn’t “be coddled and protected from different points of view.” Trigger warnings are the new fish in a barrel. CONTINUE READING HERE