The latest tactic to shut down free speech on college campuses across America features “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces,” and these gimmicks were employed in a couple of recent appearances by a conservative speaker who violated the accepted liberal narrative.
Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, spoke last week at Georgetown University and again Tuesday night at Oberlin College and her views one of the pillars of the left’s victimization mentality, the campus rape culture, failed to adhere to the progressive doctrine.
A doctrine predicated on casting the net far and wide to encompass all conceivable perceptions of sexual assault — perpetrated by what Sommers has referred to as the “women’s grievance industry.”
Sommers believes the number of victims is overstated — crying wolf — and that this creates a danger in addressing real sexual assault.
Perhaps a little too much logic for liberal snowflakes afraid of a countering point of view.
Students concerned about being traumatized by Sommers opinion, which some equate to violence, say she supports rapists and posted “trigger warning” signs ahead of her appearance — they held up similar signs as she spoke.
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“While they were creating safe spaces and giving one another trigger warnings, campus administration provided me with two police officers who were sort of my bodyguards,” Sommers told Fox News. “So I think they felt I wasn’t very safe among the ‘safe spacers.'”
Offering a running commentary on her appearance on Twitter, Sommers shared her take on the night:
Students at Oberlin yelled & jeered throughout my talk.Except for those with mouths taped shut in first three rows. http://t.co/vgw29XoqsM — Christina H. Sommers (@CHSommers) April 21, 2015
Early in my talk I suggested it was silly to refer to US as a “patriarchy”–Crowd erupted in indignation–hissing, stomping, booing.Oy vey. — Christina H. Sommers (@CHSommers) April 21, 2015
300+ students attended my Oberlin talk.Others retreated to nearby “safe room” for protection from my apparently dangerous ideas. — Christina H. Sommers (@CHSommers) April 21, 2015
Oberlin activists had “safe space” for those triggered by my talk.Oberlin admin. provided police security to protect me from safe spacers. — Christina H. Sommers (@CHSommers) April 21, 2015
Other social media users weighed in on how ridiculous college campuses have become in this country, with conservative firebrand and Oberlin graduate Michelle Malkin leading the charge. Here is a sampling from Twitter:
Oberlin never changes. Students/faculty yelled & jeered when we brought @DineshDSouza to speak in 1991. https://t.co/emMlOhjMbS — Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) April 21, 2015
For only 50K a year, American Academia will train your young leftist punk to be a stupid, obnoxious asshole TOO. https://t.co/qAao7iqTUB — Yes, Nick Searcy! (@yesnicksearcy) April 21, 2015
@yesnicksearcy @LukeBryanSucks_ Note, by the way, that the insults here are one-sided. But let’s whine more about intolerance. — shiksa (@BrooklynFagut) April 21, 2015
Oberlin Radical Feminists Freak Out at @CHSommers http://t.co/KvR5LfGpVs pic.twitter.com/UswBkarHzm — Kemberlee Kaye (@KemberleeKaye) April 21, 2015
More classiness from Oberlin feminists. TRIGGER WARNING! @CHSommers @michellemalkin http://t.co/m5GY6fJe3P pic.twitter.com/VQelKD0eDi — Nick Mascari (@Nick3BP) April 20, 2015
@Nick3BP @michellemalkin @CHSommers Does this apply to Hillary Clinton who did not stand up for the women assaulted by her husband? — Anthony Bruno (@ajbruno14) April 21, 2015
It’s super-inclusive of Oberlin to admit students who don’t know how to spell “participant” @CHSommers pic.twitter.com/w14DToczXZ — David Frum (@davidfrum) April 21, 2015
@michellemalkin @DineshDSouza @CHSommers nothing exposes the myth of “liberal tolerance” faster than an opposing opinion. — D Black (@dabon8rr) April 21, 2015
@CHSommers I wonder if they had puppies and colouring books in that safe room? I’m bothered by these “feminists” who need shelter from facts — Clearly Dead Inside (@yvalarevolution) April 21, 2015
@CHSommers Ridiculous. Straight up stupid. — Farang C. McGringo (@SethroOnTheTV) April 21, 2015
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