The concept of “safe spaces” and “micro aggressions.”
I don’t understand people who are offended by my not understanding the concept of “safe spaces” and “micro aggressions.”
There… I have said it. It’s the youth. I am an adult I huff, where on earth did these kids get those ideas?
Read this book: I find that Offensive! published by Biteback in May.
Possible that our kids might have actually been listening to us at the dinner table when we refused to discuss politics, religion or lifestyles. We cherished our “right” to safe spaces when with a look, we shut down conversation about Kennedy or Reagan or Carter.
For sure, kids in our colleges might be taking it a step “too far” but how many times did we “adults” shut potentially rich conversation down just because.
I was raised in a cocoon.
Thankfully, not that I thought so at the time, I was raised in my own little cocoon to think that I could change the world. Hoped when I became an adult I would finally have the ability to say what was on my mind.
Never got there.
Instead as an “adult” I find myself at my kids soccer games or at a party groping with “nice weather!” or “great game!” or “need water?” to try to have a conversation. Can’t start a sentence with Obamacare this, or guns that, or politicians who…
Even today, adults will do almost anything to stop conversation to avoid trigger words that “offend.”
These are adults protecting their safe spaces.
You have felt it. A Democrat (Republican) “knows” what you are going to say because you “are obviously” a Republican (Democrat) or a (fill in the blank) rights supporter. Either way, within a few words, moving on becomes a good alternative.
Pretty sophisticated when we manage our safe spaces simply with looks and body language.
The kids now are much more direct. They just demand safe spaces.
But how did they become so thin-skinned?
They were watching and listening to the us.
In I Find That Offensive!, Claire Fox addresses the possible causes of what has become known as ‘Generation Snowflake’ head-on. No safe spaces here as she makes the call to toughen up, become more robust and make a virtue of the right to be offensive.
When you hear ‘I find that offensive’, you know you’re being told to shut up. While the terrible murder of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists demonstrated that those who offend can face the most brutal form of censorship, it also served only to intensify the climate where we all walk on eggshells to avoid saying anything offensive – or else.
Indeed, competitive offense-claiming is ratcheting up well beyond common sense. So, while Islamists, feminists and any other kind of ist may seem to have little in common, they are all united in demanding retribution in the form of bans, penalties and censorship of those who hurt their feelings.
Think the original germ of the idea might have come from us?