“Who’s being coddled here?”

Feminist philosopher and law student Annaleigh Curtis on the latest manifestation of the “political correctness gone mad” trope:

Meanwhile, defenders of the status quo–who largely do not see themselves as such, but rather as well-intentioned ‘liberals’ or ‘progressives’–view these incidents acontextually and assert that kids these days are losing their edge. They demand that such tactics be denounced. They clamor for assurances that they will never be treated this way, so unreasonably, so dismissively, simply for suggesting something so normal or for failing to say just the right thing. They complain that they are unable to maintain an untarnished grip on reality in which things are, really, not so bad. They express concern over the state of the youth, about their lack of coping skills or rational faculties, instead of recognizing that the best coping strategy for injustice is resistance. They want certain speech not to exist because it makes them uncomfortable. It makes them feel like they’re losing something to which they are utterly entitled, which is the right to say or do anything that’s always been said and done and not have to pay social consequences for having done so. Most of all, they are worried that they will lose the right to be ignorant and that their own distinct, situated worldview will no longer be accepted uncritically as objective and neutral.

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