07 January 2015

Fuck your trauma

Trigger Warning: the headline of this post might have contained some non-conventional language. Since the author doesn't know yet how to insert a trigger warning before the headline, he can only hope that "fuck your trauma" doesn't mean you personally, dear reader. In case it does: too bad.

Here are two examples of “trauma” from the “Microaggression Project” (http://www.microaggressions.com/):

My dad jokes with my younger sister that he remembers selling Girl Scout Cookies when he was a Girl Scout. She laughs, understanding the fact that since he’s a boy means that he could not have been a Girl Scout. Thanks, Dad. I’m a boy and a formal Girl Scout.

The assumption that Girl Scouts will be girls. That causes trauma.

24, female-bodied, in a relationship – so Facebook shows me ads with babies, wedding dresses, and engagement rings. Change gender on Facebook to male – suddenly I get ads pertaining to things I actually care about.

Facebook thinking a woman might be interested in marriage and children. That causes trauma.

As one might expect, “Microaggressions” and “Trigger Warnings” are most popular in our universities. In late 2013 A group of UCLA students staged a “sit-in” protest against a professor for – no joke – correcting their papers. These “Graduate Students of Color” began an online petition stating “Students consistently report hostile classroom environments in which the effects of white supremacy, patriarchy, heteronormativity, and other forms of institutionalized oppression have manifested within the department and deride our intellectual capacity, methodological rigor, and ideological legitimacy. Empirical evidence indicates that these structural and interpersonal microaggressions wreak havoc on the psychophysiological health and retention rates of People of Color. The traumatic experiences of GSE&IS students and alumni confirm this reality” (http://www.thepetitionsite.com/931/772/264/ucla-call2action/)

A college professor expecting graduate students to write grammatically correct papers. That causes trauma.
All of the above comes from an excellent post “Microaggressions”, “Trigger Warnings”, and the New Meaning of “Trauma”, please read it in its entirety.

About its author:
Chris Hernandez is a 20 year police officer, former Marine and currently serving National Guard soldier with over 25 years of military service. He is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and also served 18 months as a United Nations police officer in Kosovo.
And another fine article on the subject.


Sennacherib said...

Microaggressions!?!? In 689BC there were no trigger warning for the sinful city of Babylon. I Sennacherib visited a macroaggression upon it and it's inhabitants. Microaggressions, bah, it is more work of the Chaldeans and I spit upon them!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

I sing macroaggression. All hail macroaggression!

Dick Stanley said...

Indeed, we could use a little disproportionate response here.

SnoopyTheGoon said...