more PC madness: "trigger warnings" in college classes

The latest round of "political correctness" insanity. Sure, letting people know in advance that a film has disturbing footage or that a book has explicit photos of violence is a fine thing. But the whole "we need to put a trigger warning on everything" trend is an example of why modern academic feminism is often seen to lack intellectual rigor: when you act as if some texts are so dangerous that they must have warning labels, the subtext is that your own ideas are too weak to stand up to them.

Warning: The Literary Canon Could Make Students Squirm

Should students about to read “The Great Gatsby” be forewarned about “a variety of scenes that reference gory, abusive and misogynistic violence,” as one Rutgers student proposed? Would any book that addresses racism — like “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” or “Things Fall Apart” — have to be preceded by a note of caution? Do sexual images from Greek mythology need to come with a viewer-beware label?

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