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On making things too "safe"

There was an op-ed in today's New York Times pushing back against the calls to eliminate triggering words/topics/people/discussions on college campuses.


While I agree that there are topics that can and should be handled with more sensitivity there seems to be a growing preference for papering over the "bad" things and not addressing them so that people aren't further damaged. Does that seem counter-productive to anyone else? I'm not saying rape survivors must watch rape porn on an hourly basis in order to call themselves "healed" but if you request/demand that your class on war crimes not mention rape at all (or as mentioned in the article, that a class on slavery omit all the yucky parts) you're doing yourself - and your classmates- a huge disservice. Isn't part of growing up learning how to identify and navigate through personal and societal fears?


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