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    University in Scotland Issues Trigger Warnings Before Lessons About Grimm Fairy Tales

    University in Scotland Issues Trigger Warnings Before Lessons About Grimm Fairy Tales

    “some of the material includes child abuse, incest and other violent material”

    This would be funny if it wasn’t also so incredibly sad.

    The Daily Mail reports:

    Now snowflake students need to be warned about ‘violent material’ in… FAIRYTALES! Glasgow University gives ‘trigger warnings’ before lessons covering classic Brothers Grimm tales

    University students have been given ‘trigger warnings’ about potentially upsetting scenes in classic fairytales.

    Lecturers admitted students were cautioned about ‘violent material’ contained in the famous children’s stories by the Brothers Grimm.

    Their tales include Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood.

    So-called ‘trigger warnings’ are part of a growing trend which sees undergraduates warned about content they could find disturbing.

    Last night Dr Stuart Waiton, a senior sociology lecturer at Abertay University in Dundee, said that ‘the more we make trigger warnings the norm, the more we risk infantilising these adults’.

    Glasgow University gave details of a course it runs in modern languages and cultures in response to a freedom of information request.

    The lecturer in charge said: ‘When I teach my Grimms’ Fairytales class, I always say some of the material includes child abuse, incest and other violent material.

    ‘As we do psychological readings of the tales, this can be important to acknowledge.’ Trigger warnings are given verbally or on an internal website named Moodle so that students know about content that could upset them. Complaints have led to warnings being read out.

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    CincyJan | October 28, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Life used to be brutal and short for the paesants. Starvvation was a possibility. Wolves did attack humans. Stepmothers favored their own children over those of a previous wife. Women could climb the social scale, to some extent, if they caught the eye of an amorous aristocrat. Who knows – maybe things will devolve to the sort of hard scrabble life described by fairy tales if the SJW of this world have their way.

    I’m not sure I have a problem with this. I hate the term “trigger warning,” but the fact is that the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales are crazy scary and insanely gruesome. When I’ve taught them in a class, I always preface the read with a fun mini-lecture on the way that Grimm has been made less . . . grim though time. Is that a “trigger warning”? Probably, but it’s worth warning students that they aren’t about to read Disney fairy tales and to provide them with the tools they need to provide thoughtful and thought-provoking discussion.

    Not only do I cut down the time devoted to “OMG, that’s not what I thought at all! These are scary and awful!” reactions, but we can get to a more meaty discussion of the literature. In this case, a “trigger warning” is more likely a tried and true teaching tool. /just my two cents


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