Memo to the Current Generation of Fragile Flowers in College

Memo to the Current Generation of Fragile Flowers in College October 29, 2015

Nut up, will ya?

And yes, that *was* an aggressively androcentric way to put it.  Cope, you wuss.

I’ll be over here reading this hilarious Onion article making fun of your self-absorbed privilege.


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  • Dan13

    “Nut up” isn’t exactly the most prudent comment on a story whose primary anecdotal point is a group of students concerned about “rape culture.” It comes across as misogynistic:

    Woman student at Brown: I am concerned about this campus speaker because her comments argue against the presence of “rape culture” and that is distressing to many students, especially those who have been victims of a sexual assault. Brown should be a “safe space.”

    Mark Shea: “Nut up, . . . you wuss.”


    • Stu
    • Mark has his point, and I suspect you didn’t read to the end of the
      first article. If potential legal, academic, or professional repercussions cause
      you to worry about offending or “traumatizing” somebody, you do not have
      free speech. At the end of the first article, you find out about a
      student who was traumatized because a Muslim Charlie Hebdo journalist
      did not back down from “I am Charlie,” and further asserted (from her
      own experience, yet!) that “Being Charlie Hebdo means to die because of a

      College students should be able to tolerate having
      their beliefs challenged. One such belief, oft favored by feminist
      studies departments and celebrity feminist studies professors, is that
      rape is a foundational value of Christendom. The facts that even in
      Christendom, some criminals engage in rape, and that rape has enormous,
      painful, life-altering repercussions for its victims, do not make rape a
      foundational value of Christendom. I’d say that a much better case can
      be made for it being a foundational value of the Mongol Golden Horde,
      particularly since Ghengis Khan is allegedly ancestor to some 40% of the
      world population today. And even Sexual Assault Task Force Members,
      particularly those who are seniors in college, ought to be able to
      tolerate the DISCUSSION of the truth of the assertion that rape is a
      foundational value of Christendom.

      • Dan13

        I did read the entire article. My criticism of Mark was due to his vulgar and offensive remarks.

        “Nut” in the context he used is a vulgar synonym for “testicle.” So, in essence, he is telling young women that their problem is that they aren’t “man enough.” This isn’t exactly the kindest or most prudent way to present an argument.

        While I do think that the students are overreacting and that opposing viewpoint shoulds be at least tolerated, it is always best to engage charitably, especially considering that some of the students (e.g., rape victims) have been legitimately and seriously hurt. Anyway, as a Catholic apologist and blogger, and thus a spokesperson for the Church, Mark should not resort to offensive speech in making an argument.

        • Hezekiah Garrett

          Aw, ain’t that precious?

          Now run along, grown ups are talking.

  • dasrach

    “‘I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs,’ Ms. Hall said.”

    Well, goodness! We can’t expect anyone to encounter viewpoints that go against their own!

    The Atlantic, of all places, had a really interesting article about how the trigger warning/avoid microaggression environment at colleges actually might lead to social anxiety disorders. Effectively, you’re constantly worrying about critique for every word you say, which trains you to think in the same way as a person with an anxiety disorder. As someone who went through years of therapy to train myself to think like someone who isn’t depressed, this is a persuasive argument to me.

  • AJGSyc

    I would love to see the Onion write up a companion piece that reports on a safe place for professors to go where their students all fall in line with the secular-liberal mindset, and the professors can be protected from the anxiety that comes from encountering views that differ from their own (e.g., abortion opponents and traditional family supporters).

  • Mike Barber

    As I was reading the NYT article I had to check to see if it was actually an Onion article.
    In the student building of Westminster College in Salt Lake City there’s a big board for comments on one wall with a “Free Speech Zone” sign above it. To the left of the board is a list of types of speech not allowed.