Category Archive 'Triggering'
19 Oct 2021
Andrew Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law and professor of political science at Northwestern University.
Professor Koppelman wrote a generally extremely sound essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education (mostly a red rag, full of left-wing stupidity) commenting on some Yale Law School students’ and its Administration’s hysterical response to a student’s Constitution Day Party invitation.
However, the good professor opens the piece with a conspicuous bit of assurance that his head is in the Left Place ideologically. Catch this! (Use Outline link, because of paywall.)
The movement for diversity and inclusion has improved people’s lives in many tangible ways. A few days ago at Northwestern Law School, where I’m a professor, I went into the men’s restroom and saw that the school had provided tampons and sanitary pads on a shelf there. It made me happy. There are people here who menstruate and identify as male. Their needs matter, and the school now recognizes that.
But in other respects…
Jesus, Mary, and Freddie! Obviously hanging out with the loonies and wet ends teaching at contemporary elite universities addles the brain and assimilates even normal, well-educated people into group insanity.
Let me break it to you, Professor Koppelman: “People ..who menstruate and identify as male” need their heads examined a lot more than they need special accommodation in lavatories intended for men who pee standing up.
Where does the group insanity that makes the Modern University a hive of totalitarian crackpottery and the enemy of America, Western Civilization, and even the Liberal Ideal of Free Speech originate? It starts with the moral cowardice that declines to stand up in opposition to any complaint or demand, however absurd, irrational, or insolent, from anyone or any group bullying with the moral jiu jitsu of Victimhood.
But, as I’ve acknowledged, if you excerpt that paragraph of Woke Wankery, its a good essay that hits Yale Law’s nail solidly in the head.
13 Oct 2021
Yale Law School
The Washington Free Beacon has absolutely appalling news from Yale.
Administrators at Yale Law School spent weeks pressuring a student to apologize for a “triggering” email in which he referred to his apartment as a “trap house,” a slang term for a place where people buy drugs. Part of what made the email “triggering,” the administrators told the student, was his membership in a conservative organization.
The second-year law student, a member of both the Native American Law Students Association and the conservative Federalist Society, had invited classmates to an event cohosted by the two groups. “We will be christening our very own (soon to be) world-renowned NALSA Trap House … by throwing a Constitution Day Bash in collaboration with FedSoc,” he wrote in a Sept. 15 email to the Native American listserv. In keeping with the theme, he said, the mixer would serve “American-themed snacks” like “Popeye’s chicken” and “apple pie.”…
Within minutes, the lighthearted invite had been screenshotted and shared to an online forum for all second-year law students, several of whom alleged that the term “trap house” indicated a blackface party.
“I guess celebrating whiteness wasn’t enough,” the president of the Black Law Students Association wrote in the forum. “Y’all had to upgrade to cosplay/black face.” She also objected to the mixer’s affiliation with the Federalist Society, which she said “has historically supported anti-Black rhetoric.”
“Trap house” has been a term used in progressive pop culture since at least 2016, when the socialist podcast “Chapo Trap House” burst onto the scene. Hosted by three white men, the podcast has received sympathetic profiles in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Guardian, none of which suggest that there is anything racial about its name. Once associated with inner city crack dens, “trap house” has also become generic slang for any place where young people can score beer. …
Just 12 hours after the email went out, the student was summoned to the law school’s Office of Student Affairs, which administrators said had received nine discrimination and harassment complaints about his message.
At a Sept. 16 meeting, which the student recorded and shared with the Washington Free Beacon, associate dean Ellen Cosgrove and diversity director Yaseen Eldik told the student that the word “trap” connotes crack use, hip hop, and blackface. Those “triggering associations,” Eldik said, were “compounded by the fried chicken reference,” which “is often used to undermine arguments that structural and systemic racism has contributed to racial health disparities in the U.S.”
Eldik, a former Obama White House official, went on to say that the student’s membership in the Federalist Society had “triggered” his peers.
“The email’s association with FedSoc was very triggering for students who already feel like FedSoc belongs to political affiliations that are oppressive to certain communities,” Eldik said. “That of course obviously includes the LGBTQIA community and black communities and immigrant communities.”
The statement signals that administrators at the country’s top-ranked law school now regard membership in mainstream conservative circles as a legitimate object of offense—and as potential grounds for discipline. The Federalist Society, founded by Yale Law students in 1982, has spread nationwide over the past four decades and become one of most influential legal groups in the country. Members include all six conservative justices on the Supreme Court, as well as the late Antonin Scalia, who spoke at the society’s inaugural conference.
HT: Glenn Reynolds.
The Civil Rights Movement of the last century has metastasized into an aggressive form of totalitarianism bent on eliminating freedom of association, freedom of speech, and freedom of thought. The current Woke regime makes Jim Crow look positively benign.
10 Sep 2019
How could they ever publish THIS in New Haven?
Back in the ’60s and ’70s, my own generation’s taste in humor ran to the transgressive and outrageous. We liked nothing better than violating all existing limits on expression and every conventional stricture of decorum.
Now, it seems that Cotton Mather’s generation has been reincarnated into the college students of today. With the Fall Semester opening at Yale, out comes a new issue of Rumpus, the current student humor magazine, and all over the Yale campus, the snowflakes are melting.
Goodness gracious! Mercy me! Somebody had the crudeness and insensitivity to joke about the possibility of girls getting hammered and led astray at a particular fraternity called “Leo.”
Evidently only last year an issue of Rumpus came out featuring Hookup Bingo,” some joking about campus Hookup/Blackout culture. There was outrage. At least a dozen Rumpus staff members walked out in protest, Rumpus was denounced and condemned from every pulpit on the campus, and the issue was actually officially retracted! I haven’t seen it reported, but I assume that a number of Rumpus editors spent a few days in the stocks.
Now, what do you know? Rumpus has sinned again, triggering the deacons of the Yale Daily News and all the rest of the campus elect. Lots of chin-stroking and grovelling and apologizing ensued.
Following a year of non-publication after staff backlash over jokes about sexual misconduct, the Yale Rumpus has returned â€” but not without controversy.
The annual Freshman Issue of the student-run tabloid magazine hit dining halls on Friday morning, greeting students with a cover that read, â€œATTENTION FIRST-YEARS: YOU WILL BE REJECTED.â€ The issue â€” the first to come out since last September â€” was produced by a new editorial team. But despite the new staff â€” which includes five members who actively worked on the issue and about 12 total staffers, compared to previous staff sizes of 30 or 40, according to Rumpus co-editor-in-chief and a former photo staffer for the News Jakub Madej â€™20 â€” the new tabloid issue has already sparked discontent among many Yalies upset with its new content. Students were particularly angered by jokes about the K2 overdoses on the New Haven Green and a â€œRumpâ€™s Reviewâ€ of Leo, which they believe made light of sexual misconduct once again.
â€œThe Leo joke was not intended to make fun of rape victims in any way, shape or form,â€ current Rumpus Co-Editor-in-Chief Anushka Walia â€™21 wrote in an email to the News. â€œIt pointed out messed up practices of frats, and it put Leo down. Part of the point of satire is this kind of commentary anyways. Iâ€™m sorry if it offended anyone, but it wasnâ€™t the intent.â€
Last September, at least 12 staffers quit the publication in protest over several jokes about sexual assault that appeared in the Rumpusâ€™ â€œFreshman Issue.â€ Those included a spot on the issueâ€™s â€œHookup Bingoâ€ reading â€œFreshmanâ€™s First Blackout (Free)â€ and a line in the editorâ€™s note making fun of a blacked out first year â€œlet[ting] a senior on the baseball team raw [them] on that foul mattress in the Sig Nu basement.â€
The objectionable content in last Septemberâ€™s issue had been reviewed only by members of the editorial team prior to publication, but not the remainder of Rumpus staffers. Following internal backlash, Rumpus leadership retracted the issue, removed all copies of it from dining halls throughout campus and issued an apology for the content.
According to Madej and Walia, this yearâ€™s publication â€” which the current board revived independent of the old editorial staff â€” was for the most part vetted by board members as well as several staffers prior to printing, unlike in previous years. Also unlike Rumpus leadershipâ€™s response to last Septemberâ€™s backlash, this year, Madej and Walia neither retracted the issue nor issued a public apology for the content.
Although Madej said the Rumpus has not established any written standards for the kinds of jokes it will publish, the editors review content on a case-by-case basis to decide if it is fit to print.
â€œThere were some issues last year regarding controversial issues and mismanagement,â€ Madej said. â€œWe noticed what happened last year, and we believe in the idea of Rumpus, no matter what they say. We do want to bring it back to life.â€
Still, social media posts from Yalies this weekend argued that the publicationâ€™s â€œRumpâ€™s Reviewâ€ of Leo showed that Rumpus had not learned its lesson from last yearâ€™s backlash. …
Hours after the issue hit dining halls, the Instagram parody account @yaleactualweeklynews posted a picture of the review with the headline â€œRumpus Learns From Mistakes; Only Publishes Subtle Rape Jokes.â€
In a statement to the News, Leo leadership called â€œthe Rumpusâ€™s attempt to make humor out of sexual misconduct extremely misguided and disappointing.â€
â€œWe take the issue very seriously and work actively to make sure our friends and guests feel safe and have fun at our events,â€ the statement read.
During a Friday night interview with the News, Madej said the post from the @yaleactualweeklynews Instagram page was â€œnothing moreâ€ to him â€œthan a kindergarten-level attempt to make jokesâ€ and bring up problems from last year, adding that he did not see a connection between last yearâ€™s controversy and this yearâ€™s issue.
But Walia disagreed with Madejâ€™s statement. In emails to the News following the interview, she stressed that she did not interpret the post as an attempt at humor, but rather as a way â€œto bring an important issue to light.â€ She explained that she did not expect the criticisms the post sparked, because she cares â€œvery deeply about the very issues everyone else cares aboutâ€ as both a woman and a feminist herself. Further, Walia underscored that the Rumpusâ€™ intent is never to be offensive or malicious, and that she respects â€œpeopleâ€™s beliefs as well as their criticism.â€
â€œI do care about the criticism received because I want everyone to read the Rumpus and have a good time and laugh at it,â€ Walia said. â€œI donâ€™t want anyone to feel offended or hurt by something that someone writes in it. So as editor in chief, I do take concerns seriously and keep that in mind â€” I care a lot about our readers.â€
Madej clarified in an email to the News on Sunday that he was not â€œsure of the intentionsâ€ of @yaleactualweeklynews, but â€œif they indeed wanted to be funny, itâ€™d be a tremendously bad level of a joke.â€
Former Rumpus staffer Leila Halley-Wright â€™21 â€” who quit the publication in protest of last yearâ€™s jokes about sexual assault â€” said she was â€œsurprisedâ€ to see that the Leo review had been â€œdeemed appropriateâ€ for the issue considering last yearâ€™s backlash and its thematic similarity to last yearâ€™s editorâ€™s notes.
Mia Arias Tsang â€™21, the editor in chief of Broad Recognition, said she was upset to find a screenshot of one of her posts advertising the feminist magazine featured in a collage on the front cover. She stressed that the cover upset her because of the publicationâ€™s past of making light of sexual misconduct issues, and she was disappointed to see several similar problems arise in the new issue.
â€œSatire, I think, is very different from rape jokes,â€ Tsang said. â€œI think thereâ€™s ways you can tackle these issues satirically, but it has to be done really well and really carefully, and you should probably have some people look at it multiple times that are outside of the sphere of your tabloid magazine if youâ€™re trying to go for a satire angle. â€¦ I think the stuff they do satirizing Yale culture has always been pretty on the nose and good, but theyâ€™ve just veered so far into this other territory for some reason.â€
03 May 2016
Trigglypuff is the nickname given to a Hampshire College student who was recorded loudly protesting in the audience of a University of Massachusetts Amherst event titled â€œThe Triggering,â€ which featured a discussion criticizing politically correct movements on campus hosted by conservative blogger Steven Crowder, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Christina Hoff Sommers.
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