Microaggression Culture

Conor Friedersdorf on college campus exchanges (worth a read):

The culture on display on many college and university campuses, by way of contrast, is “characterized by concern with status and sensitivity to slight combined with a heavy reliance on third parties. People are intolerant of insults, even if unintentional, and react by bringing them to the attention of authorities or to the public at large. Domination is the main form of deviance, and victimization a way of attracting sympathy, so rather than emphasize either their strength or inner worth, the aggrieved emphasize their oppression and social marginalization.”

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the way my brother and I related when we were younger than 12.

Why call this victimhood? Why not childish?


12 thoughts on “Microaggression Culture

  1. @dgh have you seen the Lukianoff & Haidt article on this topic? It is long but interesting throughout. They have companion pieces with background information about where they are coming from that are interesting too.


  2. I’ve read this complaint every year for the past 40 years about shocking as your BA in English isn’t worth anything in the real world


  3. b, sd, yes. I thought it was a little too self-promotional and more social science data driven than it needed to be. But I used it to introduce my freshmen to college.


  4. Not sure how microaggression sensitivity jives with such Trump popularity in the polls .

    Interesting article (sdb link) -The Coddling of the American Mind – great reminder how much this next generation needs to know Jesus.
    …in the article -no mention of God; next genertion increasing emotional turmoil; but only pride of secular solution…. “The goal is to minimize distorted thinking and see the world more accurately.”

    “One of the great truths taught by Buddhism (and Stoicism, Hinduism, and many other traditions) is that you can never achieve happiness by making the world conform to your desires. But you can master your desires and habits of thought. This, of course, is the goal of cognitive behavioral therapy”
    “The current movement is largely about emotional well-being. We do not mean to imply simple causation, but rates of mental illness in young adults have been rising, both on campus and off, in recent decades. The rate of emotional distress reported by students themselves is also high, and rising. In a 2014 survey by the American College Health Association, 54 percent of college students surveyed said that they had “felt overwhelming anxiety” in the past 12 months, up from 49 percent in the same survey just five years earlier.”
    “Universities should rethink the skills and values they most want to impart to their incoming students. Why not teach incoming students how to practice cognitive behavioral therapy? Given high and rising rates of mental illness, this simple step would be among the most humane and supportive things a university could do. For example, a shared vocabulary about reasoning, common distortions, and the appropriate use of evidence to draw conclusions would facilitate critical thinking and real debate.”

    Jesus:the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Cor 10:4-5 that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, Eph 4: 23 for as he thinks within himself, so he is. Prov 23: 7


  5. Ali, “great reminder how much this next generation needs to know Jesus.”

    Actually, it was the sentimentality of most Christians that drove me to Calvinism’s dark side. Still does (you do).


  6. Hmm. I drive you to Calvinism’s dark side (?) by saying people need to know Jesus? Not sure what you are saying, I think it might be negative, but hoping not. It might be. I’m just a Bible quoter DG.

    “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. John 15:18


  7. Ali, you said the coddling of the American mind reminds you of how much people need Jesus.

    The problem is that lots of Christians are mind coddlers. I think you fit the profile except you keep coming back to OL for no apparent reason other than to be a fillip. So I give you some credit that you have a jerk inside you somewhere.


  8. DG, I definitely don’t ‘get you’ – a real puzzlement. sdb’s linked article was a gold mine for conversation about your post, coupling it with ‘reformed faith and practice’ – thoughts on life of the next generation, crisis of identify, crisis of mental health, hope, hopelessness, highlighting Buddha but omitting the Creator, the Creator’s thoughts repackaged as someone else’s and distorted into secular vernacular, etc. etc.
    I commented on it in sincerity, but it is obvious you posted this to chuckle and move on, so I get that now, for as kent says (throwing up his hands in defeat?) “ I’ve read this complaint every year for the past 40 years”

    As Muddy says “Here at OL we care. Come, learn to get over your sensitivities. We’re here for you.”


  9. Ali, the same old thing is recycled all the time and their friends in the media act like these thoughts are revolutionary every single year:

    1) a “scientific” new study has proven that there are only 12 minutes of action in an NFL game, which has been widely known since they had football and stopwatches (since 1930?), with the WSJ printing this piece of garbage last year as a new idea

    2) that investors and corporations are only interested in short term gains, not the long term, since about the time they could place puts and calls on the grain shortage in Joseph’s Egypt?

    3) that TV viewers are not interested in watching the commercials and when given a choice have been proven to want to watch the show at their convenience and skip commercials, which I recall reading about around 1973, which will revolutionize television to rely less on commericials blah blah blah for 40 years

    4) that another TV sports contract is due and that this will be the end of the gravy train and revenue for the NFL will plummet drastically and bring ticket prices and salaries back to a sane level, every year since 1973…


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