Ithaca College Professor Stopped Teaching About Sexual Violence Because Students Complained

'This triggers me' is the new 'my dog ate my homework.'

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Here's more evidence that students' demands for coddling in the classroom are causing professors to stop teaching controversial material entirely: an Ithaca College professor admitted that she no longer includes sexual violence as part of her curriculum because it was "almost impossible to accommodate all of her students' needs," according to a report.

Rebecca Plante is an associate professor of sociology at Ithaca. She teaches Sociology of Sexualities. It was always her policy to provide trigger warnings for her students, she told The Ithacan.

"I had no way of knowing who in my class maybe had survived rape, had been subjected to some kind of sexual assault, who maybe had been subjected to something they had forgotten about," Plante said.

As it turns out, a whole lot of students claimed to be trauma victims. Eventually, Plante discovered that so many students were opting not to complete coursework because it triggered them that there wasn't a point to teaching the difficult stuff at all:

But Plante had not anticipated how many students would tell her they could not do much of the controversial coursework because of past trauma they had suffered. So, about five years ago she decided to stop teaching about sexual violence altogether because it became almost impossible for her to accommodate all of her students' needs. Her class still discusses the "social construction of gender, violence, power and sexualities," Plante said, but she does feel the absence of the controversial material is a disservice to the course.

Plante is one of many academics who increasingly find themselves walking on eggshells to avoid offending their students. Some law school professors have stopped teaching rape law due to complaints from students who claim the subject is traumatizing—even though educating students about this important topic should be more important than making everybody in class comfortable all of the time.

If professors want to warn their students before discussing particularly disturbing subjects, that's fine. But it's concerning that strenuous objection from the students is leading academic to stop teaching these subjects entirely.

And I hate to say this, but it's undeniable: Plante's experience makes me wonder if some students are feigning trauma in order to skip class, readings, and assignments. "This triggers me" is the new "my dog ate my homework."

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  1. “Some law school professors have stopped teaching rape law due to complaints from students who claim the subject is traumatizing”

    …as opposed to learning about the law regarding workplace injuries, or murder, or will contests after someone dies?

    1. I suspect that the difference is that if a student says “OMG this liability stuff is traumatizing, I lost my arm in an industrial accident!” they won’t care, they’ll say learn the subject or get out.

      1. “Oh, your parents were brutally murdered? We’re so sorry, we will understand if you want to drop out rather than learn about this stuff in class…here’s a form to withdraw from the school…”

        1. “Oh, your parents were brutally murdered? Are you a billionaire?” Please join Ra’s al Ghul.

          1. I self indentify as a billionaire super hero with battle armor. I want government to accommodate THAT.

            1. Sure, they’ll provide you with free supervillains.

    2. Who needs to teach the law in law school when it comes to rape?

      Prosecution: I submit into evidence that the defendant possesses a penis.
      (Jury gasps)
      Judge: Is this true? Do you, in fact, possess a penis?
      Defendant: Yes, your honor. I don’t see what relev…
      Judge: GUILTY! The jury is excused, we no longer require your services.

      1. Yes, Your Honor, this man has a dick.

        1. They certainly should not be teaching such topics to our nation’s youth. Fortunately, insidiously perverse “humanistic” works like the Letters of Obscure Men are no longer on the curriculum. One can only imagine the pain that would be caused if sensitive students were exposed to the “modest” proposal of Mr. Swift. Those who perpetrate trigger speech anywhere in a state with applicable laws should be arrested and charged with crimes, and faculty officials should collaborate with prosecutors in securing convictions in such cases, and clearly declare their disapproval of the outrageous “First Amendment dissent” filed by a single, isolated, liberal judge in America’s leading criminal “satire” case. See the documentation at:

          http://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/

  2. And I hate to say this, but it’s undeniable: Plante’s experience makes me wonder if some students are feigning trauma in order to skip class, readings, and assignments. “This triggers me” is the new “my dog ate my homework.”

    Rhetorical, I’m sure.

    1. He has to give his most adoring fans something to flip the fuck out about.

    2. I still go with the exclusive club theory. Those who haven’t actually been victims but claim to be do so because it gets them into a group whose membership has privileges. Mostly you get a moral high ground from which your stance on a number of topics is unimpeachable, but there’s also the raw power that comes with it, and the feeling of belonging that everyone but me craves so.

      1. You get more of what you reward.

      2. You achieve status, sympathy, attention, and even power by being a victim these days. It’s no wonder everyone wants to find some way to get in on it.

        1. The system tries to turn everyone into a victim anyway.

          I’m a Dvorak typist. I wanted to be able to use the university computer labs, which were all set up in group policy to only permit QWERTY layout. I went to IT, figuring that it was a reasonable request and also knowing that it takes seconds to push out a group policy update to change something easy like that. After all, the labs all had Japanese layout too (no other languages though). Nope. My reason for switching years ago was that due to too much typing I’d developed irritating wrist pains and it actually did help to switch.

          They told me that I should ask for accommodation from the uni’s center for disabled students. Yes, using a different keyboard layout than other people is a medical condition. I know that IT was just trying to get out of doing the tiniest bit of work to assist a student, but I didn’t want to pretend to have a medical condition just to force their hand. Why can’t people whose job is to help people just be helpful without someone making them?

          1. Can anyone else read the above comment? I can’t make heads or tails of it, probably because of the keyboard layout the person used to type it. Poor sap.

            1. It’s a disability I live with every day.

              Tsf ja.d ls ghda js, nah gk ial nde

              1. Ph’nglui mglwnafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgahnagl fh’tagn.

          2. But then the letters don’t match the keyboard letters, and people who don’t know a DVORAK from a QWERTY won’t know why the “computer is broken” if you forget to reset it that one time you’re finishing a project after sleeping 11 hours in 5 days.

            1. If that were true, people could have just switched all the systems to Japanese.

              All the computers were Windows 7. The most annoying thing about the way they handled alternate layouts in that OS was that you’d have to change it temporarily for every single application (and it would change back if you closed that application) unless you just removed QWERTY completely (which was OK by me on my home PC).

              It would not lead to “the computer is broken” syndrome. Also, it defaulted back to QWERTY when you logged out. I wasn’t about to leave my account logged in, nor would any other student. Other than just being a security problem, the uni charged you per page for printing stuff. That was a good incentive not to let other people use your account. 😉

          3. I work for a large international company and I can tell you that IT gives zero fucks about helping end users.

            1. Have they ever told you to pretend to have a disability to get any help?

              It’s a damned weird world we live in.

              1. It’s possible they had to go through some kind of dumb policy by committee process to make the change you requested but had a free hand to make changes specified as a medical necessity.

                1. That’s usually how it goes.

                2. >free hand to make changes specified as a medical necessity

                  And that would make perfectly good sense (even if rules-by-committee are themselves usually stupid, bureaucratic nonsense).

                  Lots of places have the “no shirt, no shoes, no service.” Obviously someone who doesn’t have any legs can’t exactly abide by the “no shoes” policy, and anyone with a brain would accommodate them. If they’re lacking a torso to put a shirt on though, maybe they’re from the future and are just a brain in a jar.

                  I was just surprised that anyone would tell me to fake “medical necessity” which it clearly wasn’t.

      3. – I’ll tell you: we’ll split up the week, okay? You take lymphoma, and tuberculosis…
        – You take tuberculosis. My smoking doesn’t go over at all.
        – Okay, good, fine. Testicular cancer should be no contest, I think.

        1. Gonorrhea? You wanna trade?

          1. He’s quoting Fight Club. Two characters didn’t like one another and both were attending support groups for lots of stuff they didn’t have, so they tried to divide up the groups they’d attend to avoid contact.

            1. That’s cool. I was quoting a Seinfeld episode simply because it popped into my head when I read the comment. If you’d like, I can give a synopsis of the scene.

              1. Ah, I remember that episode now. I see that you’re responding to a quote from an old film with a quote from an even older TV show. I’ll be honest, the film was more memorable. 😉

        2. You don’t have balls!

      4. I’ve seen my friends’ brains laid out on the sidewalk. I’ve listened to children burn to death. I’ve stood over mass graves with piles of corpses in them. I have never, and will never, asked for a trigger warning. I don’t expect anyone else to accommodate me. My first year back, I went to college, and in my first class the guy decided to show a video that included pictures of the dead Iraqis with Dick Cheney jokes attached. I deal with it, because my problems aren’t the problems of the other 90 people in class.

        But I’m sure some college kid who had sex she later regretted once can’t bear the thought of hearing that violence exists in the world without shutting down completely.

      5. I was made a white male without my consent…where’s muh victim card?

    3. +1 sugarcoat

  3. Why are people who have been raped being called survivors?

    1. Because calling them “victims” threatened their agency.

      1. It’s like how you can’t say “slave” anymore.

        You have to say, “hey, enslaved person, fetch me my mint julep!”

      2. I thought depriving them of agency was the whole point of feminism?

        1. They have a different definition of agency.

          1. I think my Newspeak dictionary is a bit out of date. Can I borrow yours so I can figure out whatever the hell it is that the proggies are on about now?

    2. Calling *them* survivors triggers me in a Sylvia Plath sort of way.

    3. I’m a derp survivor. Where’s my cookie?

    4. Why is that a problem? (Asking seriously)

      1. I don’t know that it is a problem but I also find it a bit weird. The reason is that everyone survives rape unless it is also accompanied by murder. Of course you are a survivor, you are here to tell us about it.

        I guess the idea is that there is some kind of stigma associated with being a victim. But I don’t really see why that should be.

        1. What I’ve garnered from my family member who calls herself a “survivor” is this:

          It is extremely difficult to get back to becoming a fully functional human being after that kind of event. She literally became a different person due to it, and she “survived” the process of a rebirth of sorts. I assume there are different reasons for different people, but that was her reasoning behind referring to herself as a “survivor”. She survived the aftermath. The trauma of having to learn how to live like a normal human being again.

          1. uh, what?

            1. I was trying to explain why a family member of mine who was raped refers to herself as a “survivor” of said crime.

          2. If it helps someone feel better and recover from the trauma, I’m not going to mock them for it or anything.

            Just seems like an odd way to talk about it.

          3. She survived the aftermath. The trauma of having to learn how to live like a normal human being again.

            I get that, but the reason survivor is so strange in the context is that they’re not talking about surviving the vicious attack, but surviving their own mental trauma after the fact. The only risk of not surviving is by their own hand.

            It would be like saying that I’m a depression survivor or a death-of-my-mother survivor. Those are traumatic situations, but there is no threat of you dying, except by suicide.

            Like others are saying, I’m not gonna call out a victim of a trauma for calling themselves a survivor, but it strikes me as strange, and a little overdramatic. Avalanches and tornadoes have survivors, rapes have victims.

            1. See, this is why I frequent this website. I asked a question, and got some real, rational responses to it. It’s nice to know there are some folks left who can have adult conversations once in a while. Thanks guys.

              1. Shut up, cosmo statist shitlord christfag.

      2. Because not every rapist is also an attempted murderer. It indicates that rape is fatal if some action or quirk of circumstance doesn’t intervene. People whose cancers go into remission are cancer survivors because the default outcome of cancer is death. People who experience rape as the unwilling participant do not die absent some additional action on the part of their attacker.

      3. Robbery survivor. Assault survivor.

        1. Libel survivor. Bankruptcy survivor. Shoplifting survivor.

          Sure, I over-exaggerate. I have sympathy for the explanation that Nikko gives. It’s not about “surviving” the rape, but rather surviving the psychological trauma that came from it. Essentially, I would relate it to PTSD. But, I think it is still a bit of stretch to use the term “rape survivor”.

          Generally, that phrase just gets an ambivalent eye-roll from me. But, I more strongly disagree with a person who would correct someone who says, “victim” and insist on “survivor”.

    5. because nothing gives you the “eye of the tiger’ like an unwanted dick in the cooch!

      Dunt!……….Dunt, Dunt, Dunt!…….Dunt, Dunt, Dunt……Dunt, Dunt, Dunnnnn!

      1. Oh…um, TRIGGER-WARNING.

        * I forgot, sorry.

  4. If anything “triggers” you, anything at all, you need a mental health evaluation to determine whether you’re in need of psychotherapy or consignment to a retard colony.

    1. Any psychologist worth a damn will tell you that you don’t deal with psychological trauma by running and hiding from it, you have to confront your fears and bring them out in the open if you want to get better. Whatever it is that “triggers” you is exactly what you need to hear more of, not less. I realize this is a sociology professor and not a psychology professor, but they’re both mostly-made-up-bullshit “sciences” so she ought to know better. If it were me, I’d just teach the class and any of these special snowflakes freak out or have some kind of nervous breakdown like they claim they’re going to, involuntary their ass into a psych ward for the 72 hours. You really want to claim you’re so emotionally fragile you can’t handle the real world? Let me show you how the real world handles people who can’t handle the real world.

      1. You really want to claim you’re so emotionally fragile you can’t handle the real world? Let me show you how the real world handles people who can’t handle the real world.

        Well put.

    2. Yeah, pretty much. If you are that fucked up from some trauma (which is a real thing for some people), you need help, the rest of the world doesn’t need to accommodate you.

  5. MY DOG SEXUALLY ASSAULTED ME, YOU CIS-FUCK

    1. And the dog was a lab, so don’t traumatize me by requiring me to do a lab report.

      1. Was it a black lab? I bet it was a black lab.

        1. Don’t you mean ‘African Maerican lab’?

          1. #BlackLabsMatter

    2. Maybe think about what you wear next time you go out to the dog park.

    3. That sonofabitch!

      1. I see it.

        Well played.

      2. Is it weird that I read that in my head in the voice of Silvio Dante?

    4. You consent the moment you handle its poop.

    5. Dude calls his buddy after a raging party and says “I can’t believe how fucked up I was last night! I went home and I blew chunks!”

      His buddy says “That’s alright. We all throw up after a party sometimes.”

      Dude says “No, man! You don’t understand, man! Chunks is my dog, man!”

      1. I assume that was a true story because the guy said “man” three times in the last statement.

        1. An old roommate told me that one. Don’t know if it was an anecdote or what. Don’t want to know, actually.

          1. I’ve heard a variation on that. Pretty sure it’s just a joke.

      2. I still freak out at Christmas time hearing that old standby “Chesnuts Roasting On An Open Fire”. I still miss Chestnuts, he was a good dog.

        1. I snickered.

          1. Nick G: “I wouldn’t kick her out of bed for eating crackers.”

            Robby S: “I would – Crackers is my dog!!”
            * sobs *

            Virginia P: ” How deplorably vulgar.”

  6. She teaches Sociology of Sexualities.

    I think I’ve identified the problem.

    1. The Sexuality of Sociologists was full by the time I tried to register.

      1. Khan Academy has you covered.

      2. Excellent band name. You should write that down.

    2. Seems like a legitimate area of sociology. Assuming you consider sociology a valid field of academic inquiry.

  7. Plante’s experience makes me wonder if some students are feigning trauma in order to skip class, readings, and assignments.

    Or maybe she’s the one making shit up to get out of putting together an extra chunk of course curriculum. No one ever thinks to blame the educator anymore.

    1. Blame the educator? I bet you voted for Scott Walker, teacher-hater.

  8. What dire offense from amorous causes springs,
    What mighty contests rise from trivial things…

    1. What pitiful noise feminism sings

      Now it’s almost Haiku.

    2. That one, you wouldn’t even be able to put the title on the syllabus.

      1. I agree its probably less read these days; but not because of the joking “rape”-reference in the title, so much as its characterization of women as often flighty, stupid, prone to hyperventilation and offense-taking as a means to draw attention to themselves…. and of the men who often fall over themselves trying to please their silly whims.

        1. “so much as its characterization of women as often […] prone to […] offense-taking as a means to draw attention to themselves”

          The main difference nowadays is it’s not just women who are SJWs.

  9. As Fusionist alludes to above…

    These students know they’re not required to take a specific class, right? Or even required to go to college, really.

    1. Of COURSE they have to go to college. It’s not like they’re employable.

    2. If they don’t go to college, how do you expect them to educate their professors about the world?

  10. Absolutely. But it goes both ways. The teacher asks, “Am I going too fast? Is the pace of the class aggravating your anxiety?” So then they don’t have to do as much work either.

  11. so many students were opting not to complete coursework because it triggered them

    LOL. We didn’t have that easy out in my day, or we wouldn’t have done any work either.

    1. Oh I see Robby came to that conclusion too. Good job.

  12. In my class, I just rape all the students on the first day and from there on out everything’s a group therapy session.

    1. Yeah, but is it rape-rape?

    2. I commend your devotion to equality.

    3. Related:

      THE PENTAGON ? Ahead of an October 1st publishing, details have been leaked of the Army’s new policy to prevent sexual assault within the ranks.

      The military has recently experienced a massive surge in reported sexual assaults and top brass has seemingly been helpless to address the problem?until now. In a departure from longstanding tradition, the Army has decided to attack the problem of sexual assault by making it a regulated part of military life.

      “It’s kind of genius, in a way, although I disagree with it personally,” opined noted military psychologist Dr. Jamiroqui Smith. “Think about it: what is sexual assault, really, except involuntary sexual contact? You can’t stop sexual contact ? it’s just not going to happen ? so they’ve decided to attack the other aspect, the involuntary part. If sexual contact is mandatory, then it’s all voluntary, by light of the fact that we have an all-volunteer military. It’s brilliant.”

      1. Whut? I am re-reading that over and over and I am not sure I get it.

        You consent to rape by joining the army?

        1. Duffelblog is like the .mil Onion.

  13. Back in 1966, a professor could assign Andrew Marvell’s poem “To His Coy Mistress” and the backlash would be from the Right, not the Left.

    I think we can guess what the political dynamics would be like if a professor assigned that poem today.

  14. If their psyched are that fragile about this subject, why are they taking this class? Why would they be taking a major that requires this class?

    I really do not understand (other than they found a cheap excuse to dodge some coursework, that I can understand).

  15. And I hate to say this, but it’s undeniable: Plante’s experience makes me wonder if some students are feigning trauma in order to skip class, readings, and assignments. “This triggers me” is the new “my dog ate my homework.”

    Absolutely. You create perverse incentives and you get perverse results.

    Gee, I wonder how many people would sign up for fre government aid if the government announced that they had a policy where you didn’t have to give a SSN and there would be no checks to make sure info was accurate and the need warranted. This is the same thing.

    1. Ithacamay not be graduating anyone who know much about sociology, but they perhaps have picked up some basic skills in grifting.

  16. “Ok, class, here’s the syllabus for this semester. If you don’t think you can handle any of the topics we’ll be covering, you have one week to drop the class and pickup something else. Any assignments that you skip for any reason will be marked zero.”

    /why I couldn’t be a teacher

    1. Also why you should be.

  17. And I hate to say this, but it’s undeniable: Plante’s experience makes me wonder if some students are feigning trauma in order to skip class, readings, and assignments. “This triggers me” is the new “my dog ate my homework.”

    I hope to God and all His angels that this is the only reason students are invoking this fucking stupid shit as an excuse to suspend class material and not turn in assignments.

    If I were professor of one of these classes, I’d be mighty curious to see how triggering Fs on any assignment which claims such an excuse would be.

    1. I would find new and enjoyable ways of tormenting any little Snowflakes that ended up in my class. But that’s me. I make my own fun.

  18. I just got my first dog. That picture on the story is what my life is now.

    1. I hope it’s a long-lived cheerful dog!

      Meanwhile, Hillary just remembered that she had a dog, too. A hungry one.

      1. (Long-lived, cheerful *and* house-trained)

        (Your dog, that is)

      2. I thought she had a cat that liked hummus. Or maybe the actual phrasing was a pussy that liked Huma.

        1. I laughed.

          Suicidy wins.

    2. Awesome! The puppy picture is the only non-depressing part of the story.

      1. The things we do for our kids. If it weren’t for my daughter, I would have sold that dog to the gypsies five minutes after getting it, no matter how cute it is.

        Wait, who am I kidding, I’d have never gotten the dog.

    3. I hate dogs. Wife got a dog when we got married. She left a few months ago. Still have the fucking dog. At least it is old and will be dying soon. I hope. The dog I mean.

      1. Sorry to hear about your wife.

        1. Thanks. Life happens I guess.

          1. I was going to say “congratulations” but my cynicism and hostility to straight marriage is well-documented.

            Sorry.

          2. Yeah, but it can suck 🙁

            (libertarian equivalent of hugs)

      2. At least your dog keeps his whining off the internet.

        1. It’s a she.

        2. If I wanted sympathy I’d look in the dictionary between shit and syphilis. Thanks though.

          1. Do the Son of Sam thing and then blame it on the dog who told you to do it.

          2. I’m stealing this.

      3. I like dogs OK, but I wouldn’t have one if I didn’t have a job for it.

        I do hate puppies, though. All they do is bark and bite and shit and piss.

        1. “if I didn’t have a job for it.”

          You shouldn’t talk about that on the internet. Tonio might report you.

          1. Seems to me dogs are happiest when they have a job, whether that be following it’s owner around all day or guarding livestock or retrieving ducks or whatever. Way too many people get dogs that they don’t have time for.

            1. We’re talking about peanut butter, right?

  19. As it turns out, a whole lot of students claimed to be trauma victims. Eventually, Plante discovered that so many students were opting not to complete coursework because it triggered them that there wasn’t a point to teaching the difficult stuff at all:

    It’s the coursework that’s triggering them, not the subject.

  20. Yeah, well, what’s there to learn about sexual violence besides “It’s evil, so don’t do it!”?

    I hope my son wants to study engineering.

    1. I hear Berkely offers a top notch BS in Social Engineering.

    2. Son? It thought you were into great grandpa territory…

      1. Not yet. As far as I know, since my son is only 11.

        I’m 48.

        1. Sir, your name is a fraud. I must protest.

  21. And I hate to say this, but it’s undeniable: Plante’s experience makes me wonder if some students are feigning trauma in order to skip class, readings, and assignments.

    Hate to say? Makes you think? Robby, you’re a sweet, gentle lad that hasn’t come to the cynical place in life where you have a knee-jerk distrust of pretty much everything happening around you.

    1. It’s kind of endearing in way. I’m sure he’ll become a cynical asshole soon enough though.

      “Give yourself to the power of the dark cynical side!”

  22. I teach a consumer behavior course, required for a marketing degree, at a small, religiously affiliated college. I’ve been using a very popular behavioral economics book for years, but last year, I simply forgot to give fair warning, a “trigger warning” if you will, about a particular chapter that explored how arousal impacted decision making. It was a fascinating experiment, but a particular student, VERY devout, expressed her great offense in an online post to the entire class, more or less dressing me down for requiring the reading.

    Normally, I’d just delete the post, and say that my job is to prepare you for the world outside campus, but then it dawned on me that she works in the college President’s office. Cue the apology tour. Still using the book, though… 6 years and only one complaint. Normally, my warning prompts everyone to rush to that chapter and read it first.

    1. “Normally, my warning prompts everyone to rush to that chapter and read it first.”

      +1 Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics

        1. -1 Barbara
          +1 Tipper

  23. “Some law school professors have stopped teaching rape law…”

    And you get a generation of lawyers, prosecutors, and judges who believe that the law is irrelevant and the system should be a tool of social justice and personal whims.

    How convenient.

    1. I have it on good authority that there will be no negative long term consequences to the current spasm of social justice mongering.

  24. I wish I could have used triggering as an excuse when I was in college

    1. No shit. Back in the dark ages of 1996-2000 when I was in college, claiming to be “triggered” and unable to complete an assignment would have most likely resulted in being given an F on the assignment, being mocked mercilessly by fellow students (and possibly the professor as well) for being a pussy, and told to “harden the fuck up.”

  25. Actually, there’s some good but not perfect evidence that playing Tetris during or immediately after an acute anxiety incident helps to break the cycle of anxiety. My wife gets honest to god panic attacks riding on airplanes. I suggested it to her last week and she called it a “game-changer”. A reasonable accomodation would be to allow a person to bring a smartphone and play Tetris if they began to experience flashbacks, acute anxiety, or other acute PTSD symptoms. Skipping learning about whole sections of law in law school is NOT reasonable.

    1. There’s a reason there are bars in airports.

      1. Her previous strategy was 1-2 Xanax and 2-3 drinks. It was a very, very narrow window of acceptable discomfort between acute panic attacks and blackout.

        1. And that’s how babies are made.

    2. “Skipping learning about whole sections of law in law school is NOT reasonable.”

      I agree on this, but doesn’t this article say it was just a sociology class?? I’ve got no problems with allowing sociology majors to skip out on learning parts of their useless degrees. Not like learning the material is useful for them in the first place.

    3. That’s pretty cool, my daughter plays WoW when she gets them. I suspect it’s just having something else that you have to really engage in that makes it work.

      1. Read the article after I hit submit, seems I was at least partially correct.

        Thanks for the link. I’ll have to see if I can dig out some kind of pattern matching game to interest my daughter.

  26. If sociology wants to do this… fine. It’s not like sociology is useful anyways.

    The bigger problem is with LAW students who want this accommodation. Giving those students a free pass will only hurt rape victims and falsely accused persons because we stopped teaching lawyers the law when it comes to those uncomfortable subjects.

  27. Plante’s experience makes me wonder if some students are feigning trauma in order to skip class, readings, and assignments.

    I would guesstimate that applies to at least half of these sno-flakes claiming to be triggered.

  28. “I want to be a social worker someday, but I don’t want to deal with all this trauma in peoples lives.”
    — Liberal Arts Students

  29. “Plante discovered that so many students were opting not to complete coursework because it triggered them that there wasn’t a point to teaching the difficult stuff at all.”

    Yeah? I guess the handful of tuition-paying adult left behind, can go fuck themselves then, huh?

  30. Personally if I were a teacher I would keep teaching all the “triggering” topics. I would say “I’m about to go into XXXX subject here. Anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable please leave the classroom.” That would shame a lot of the pussies from leaving, and the fakers who might just be trying to slack wouldn’t want to be seen as actual pussies. I imagine someone who had experienced real rape or something horrible would probably still be ok with leaving, although it might make them feel a little more shameful too…

    That’s the downside of EVERYBODY being a victim I guess. There’s not enough sympathy left to go around for the REAL people who have been victimized.

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