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Campus Craziness Update: The Phrase "Trigger Warning" Now Deemed Triggering

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  • Source: Bongino
  • 12/21/2022
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There was once a time when campus leftists argued for “trigger warnings” on what they deemed to be offensive material (which was anything that went against their sensibilities in the slightest), and that movement was largely successful. Those warnings haven’t gone anywhere since, but are undergoing a rebranding as leftists have since concluded that even the term “trigger warning” can be triggering - and that’s not all.

According to Fox News:

Stanford University locked a "harmful language" guide that outlined words and phrases it planned to eliminate from its website and computer code, limiting access to only people with an internal login.

The guide has 10 "harmful language" sections: ableist, ageism, colonialism, culturally appropriative, gender-based, imprecise language, institutionalized racism, person-first, violent and additional considerations.

Included in the words considered harmful is "abort," and the guide states that it should be replaced with "cancel" or "end," citing concerns surrounding the word "abortion."

The guide also states that the word "American" should be replaced with "U.S. Citizen," explaining that "American" is used when discussing "people from the United States only, thereby insinuating that the US is the most important country in the Americas."

Another word that the guide considers harmful is "preferred' pronouns," explaining that "preferred" suggests "non-binary gender identity is a choice and a preference."

As for the term “trigger warning,” they recommended swapping that for “content warning” with the reasoning that “The phrase can cause stress about what's to follow.” I had assumed that their reasoning would have something to do with the term “trigger” reminding people of guns, but they managed to be even more nonsensical.

Amid pushback and mockery online, Stanford didn’t defend the list, but rather changed their website to make the webpage only display to people with an internal login. 

Given the completely arbitrary and ever-changing standards of social justice warriors, it’ll be fun to check back in a decade or so to see which of these acceptable terms were since deemed racist/sexist/whateveraphobic.


Matt Palumbo is the author of Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers: How the Left Hijacked and Weaponized the Fact-Checking Industry and The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George Soros
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