“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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