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[–] Dashippy 0 points 171 points (+171|-0) ago 

When I was a kid I was bullied a lot. I was always taught "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." Unfortunately I didn't have the strength to not let the words hurt me, but I did learn in important lesson. Words are words. They have no power over you unless you let them. Nowadays we're taught "Words kill" and I'm not entirely sure what went wrong. Now we give words power, rather than try and take the power away.

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[–] frshmt 3 points 49 points (+52|-3) ago 

"Words are like bullets"

-Dr. David Nelson

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[–] CipherEnigma 0 points 38 points (+38|-0) ago 

Heh, trigger.

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[–] GreenLeaf 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

AHAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! OK, ok, who's idea was it to dress it up in little suspenders?! HAAAAAAAHAHAHAHA, Clyde was that your idea?

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[–] Internet_Refugee 2 points 5 points (+7|-2) ago 

Whoever downvoted you didn't get the reference.

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[–] Subtenko 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'll shoot! I'll shot!

"Dont pull the trigger man, come on man,,"

!!!!!........FATTY!

"Why'd you do it man, you know he coudlnt take that!"

and Id do it AGAIN!!!!

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[–] jallab 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

Simple, but wise.

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[–] zambeezy 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Words are words. They have no power over you unless you let them.

Couldn't say it any better.

Verbal bullying isn't a thing. Remove yourself from the situation either physically or mentally or sit there and take it but you better not complain because you didn't do the most important thing that could have fixed the situation. Failure to act on your part doesn't necessitate changes on anyone else's part.

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[–] 1739280? 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Depending on how one defines bullying, it could be. I generally don't define bullying to include verbal manipulation, but others may. There are many situations, such as school, where one cannot practically remove themselves from the situation. This is not failure to act, but rather inability.

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[–] AustNerevar 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I've never liked the sticks and stones statement, because it's wrong. Words do hurt. But this trigger warning nonsense goes to far in the other direction. I'll never understand why everything has to be so polarized these days. Why can't we just try to stick to the middle ground?

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[–] tpdplsio 0 points 126 points (+126|-0) ago 

Seeing articles like this in The Atlantic and The New Yorker give me hope that we're at the peak of SJWism/outrage culture and it'll only decline in the future.

Of course it's also a little disappointing that there's no mention or consideration of how progressive institutions like The Atlantic contributed to and supported the rise of SJWism in the first place.

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[–] tpdplsio 0 points 32 points (+32|-0) ago 

True. Ultimately places like The Atlantic will decide which side to support based on which side gets them more clicks, but the fact that they're publicly questioning SJWism makes me think they see some potential in changing sides.

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[–] TalkingAnimal 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I wish we could break up the different meanings of "trigger." A student not liking an example in a display on microaggressions is not triggering. Triggering should not mean offensive.

I have no problem with, say, an English literature class having trigger warnings because the syllabus contains Lolita or The Things They Carried. Helping students avoid literal trauma triggers from things like child rape or combat ptsd doesn't seem like "political correctness run amok." Warning that there will be graphic depictions similar to trauma they have experienced doesn't seem that ridiculous.

These two very distinct issues are often conflated.

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[–] 4ChanCat 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I too think it's pretty ridiculous. But I dont think this thing is going to die out. I think it's just going to become more and more institutionalized... Think about it. It's already ingrained in millions of young peoples' minds. As the article said, it's really easy for these groups to organize and establish themselves.

I think institutions will just adapt to peoples' sensitivities gradually. But we will end up with a lot of people who can't handle the real world. This presents a pretty serious problem. Some people wont be able to hold a job because their coworker commented on their outfit. How will this affect the future economy?

This increase in sensitivity wont go away, and we will have to accommodate them with an increase in societal support for them ie welfare/other benefits.

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[–] jallab 0 points 72 points (+72|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Diversity of opinions is how we push forward as a people. Iron sharpens iron.

It is a troubling thing when a man cannot share his opinion freely or must do so on his toes.

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[–] Imapopulistnow 0 points 40 points (+40|-0) ago 

In qn SJW world, there is no room for diversity of opinion.

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[–] Stalin_McHitler 0 points 26 points (+26|-0) ago 

They have plenty of room for diversity of opinion.

You can either say "KILL ALL MEN" or "ALL MEN MUST BE KILLED!"

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[–] jallab 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Sad but true.

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[–] 4ChanCat 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

we're just going to have to increase welfare benefits when these cunts can't hold down a job in the real world

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[–] tonberry2 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

But what if the goal isn't to move forward, but to stay the same or even regress? There is a reason why totalitarian regimes of the past would burn books.

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[–] jallab 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Indeed.

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[–] greatwhiteshark 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Iron sharpens iron.

Except that some people cling to their unrealistic opinions so stubbornly, it's like banging iron against steel.

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[–] jallab 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Eh, it does not work for everyone. The really crazy ones are the reason why we have police.

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[–] Microcosm 0 points 43 points (+43|-0) ago 

Why can't people just say that using the term micro aggression is a trigger and get it banned. Then say trigger is a trigger due to past gun violence and have that banned.

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[–] tpdplsio 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

People capable of experiencing microaggressions and triggers are absolutely incapable of causing them in the first place. Those who are the most capable of experiencing microaggressions and triggers will be determined by who takes the gold in the next Oppression Olympics. Stay tuned.

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[–] Imapopulistnow 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

People capable of experiencing microaggressions and triggers are absolutely incapable. FTFY

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[–] firex726 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Best part of the Oppress Olympics, is according to their little chart, a deaf gay homeless black man, has MORE privilege than a Saudi oil baron.

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[–] Microcosm 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It triggers negative emotions in me when I hear the word "warning". They need to stop and respect my boundaries.

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[–] Microcosm 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Holy shit - we live in the land of the absurd.

And f-them. Content is a trigger word too. It makes people feel bad and question the content of their souls.

They better stop using the word "language" too. That triggers people because they feel badly about how they speak.

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[–] HowieCameUnglued 1 points 37 points (+38|-1) ago 

We all have things that make us uncomfortable, sad, angry, or scared. And "trigger" is a perfectly fine name for it, even if it's not the same thing as a true PTSD trigger. If someone makes a joke about old people losing their memory, I probably won't laugh; I'll think about watching my grandmother, one of the coolest people in the world to whom I was very close, slowly forget who I was, and eventually call me by the wrong name. Is that a "trigger"? Absolutely. Should I be protected from it? No. Because learning to live with those feelings, and turn those feelings into forces for good (ie I donate to Alzheimer's research every year) is part of being human.

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[–] intrepiddemise 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

It also helps us grow. The worst thing about trigger warnings and censoring of controversial speech is that it keeps us in padded bubbles and makes us easier to manipulate by chilling discourse that may be threatening to those in authority who are trying to push a certain narrative. If you're never exposed to anything that would cause you to question your world view, your values, your beliefs, or your judgments...if you never feel pain or sadness or anxiety, then you become empty-headed and shallow and slow to react to danger. You become less like a human and more like a sheep.

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[–] Second_Class_Hero 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

And in turn we get easy fear mongering from news sources (in addition to ratings) because they don't want to offend any of the viewers with content that is news, but is considered a risk.

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[–] crucifier 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I do think that the overuse of the term "trigger" in recent years has drowned out actual victims that have had extremely traumatic events happen in their lives that they haven't been able to get over. This is the biggest problem with its use by the new "outrage" culture.

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[–] middle_path 0 points 35 points (+35|-0) ago 

Holy shit! People actually give trigger warnings? Like who? Professors? Do they realize you can't get PTSD from hearing words you don't like?

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[–] tpdplsio 0 points 26 points (+26|-0) ago 

The one about law professors not being able to use the word "violate" or teach about the crime of rape is what got me. Especially at Harvard Law where graduating students will eventually be running for President and sitting on the Supreme Court.

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[–] TheBlackerMath 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

This is heading banging retarded. That's where I absolutely lost it. The inability to teach the basic terms. Then you can't teach rape law, so that they can make their own laws up and no one can defend against it because they were never taught it.

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[–] FireTheCat 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

If i was a professor being pressured by the school, I'd slap it at the end of the syllabus

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[–] TheBlackerMath 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Right at the top of that bugger

"This course may contain material that some students might find disturbing and offensive. Learner discretion is advised."

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[–] Nogrim 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

and they wonder why there is a shortage of people wanting to teach...

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[–] Foobarbaz 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I have a friend who has issues watching or hearing certain things. If she see's a car wreck in a movie she mentally and physically locks up. She refuses to actually seek help about it and instead decided to try medication for PTSD. We were watching a movie once where something a car got thrown in to a river or flooded or something and she locked up.

I've noticed anytime she isn't the center of attention coincidentally, as of late, she does the same thing.

It's not even REMOTELY practical for a movie to have trigger warnings and such because anything can cause a mental trigger.

One of my friends made a remark about how "that movie needs to list trigger warnings" and my first thought was "of what?". Even if we knew the plot of the movie I doubt any of us would have thought she would have reacted to that one scene in the movie. Coincidentally, this was also when she wasn't the center of attention.

But yeah.. you'd be surprised how many people think trigger warnings should exist everywhere for everything. I just want to tell them: Just be a hermit if you can't address you're issues. Don't fuck with society and society won't fuck with you. Go live in the country away from everything.

I had a friend in NYC who said that cat calling a chick should be considered harassment, among other things. I said "if they want to be left alone then they shouldn't be in a major city. Are they fucking morons?" -- I just don't get it. You want society to cater to your ever need -- then claim your a feminist and can handle anything a man can.. but then say you can't. PICK ONE GOD DAMMIT.

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[–] hypercat 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Exactly. If you cannot deal with the subject of the class, don't take the class. You obviously are not prepared for college. Go home to mommy and daddy until you can talk about adult subjects.

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[–] subvgchucker 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

SJW's harassing my teachers made me leave class in the middle half the time. After a teacher got berated by a student for showing an emotionally intense movie (with warning, in a film analysis class) I just had to leave. Getting offended is how you learn, just deal with it, life moves on.

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[–] battletoad 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

This is truly unfortunate, as the real people that suffer are the young adults who go through expensive colleges without any intellectual challenge. College used to be a forum for intellectual discourse. It used to be a place where you learn about ideas that you may or may not agree upon because broadening your worldview and being challenged by ideas is an important learning experience. It used to be a place where when some random dude was holding provocative signs on campus, you can step up and engage in open and calm intellectual debate and people would respect each other's ideas once you're finished.

Instead today our education system has been perverted by money and politics. No longer is it acceptable to teach young adults to be open minded, because it is much safer to cater to the student's preconceived notions about the world rather than challenging it. Since the student is being treated like a customer, of course the school will say the customer is always right without challenging them. No longer is it acceptable to teach different political views, because the wealthy donors from either political parties might no approve. Berkeley is afraid of scaring away liberal donors from Silicon Valley, and UPenn is afraid of scaring away conservative donors from Wall Street. Today college is a shouting match where whoever shouts louder on campus wins. It's about being loud to drown out all the other dissenting views that will challenge students, and it's about making sure money will continue to flow.

What a shitshow.

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[–] douglasmacarthur 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

4 years in the armed services will correct their feminization and take the pussy out of these liberalized college faggots. Uncle Sam will do you right.

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