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November 29, 2015

Strengthen U. vs Coddle U.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 7:38 am

The university freedom-of-speech wars exploding on campuses will, given time, affect books and writers. Stand-up comics were the first to feel chilling effects on speech. Comedian Chris Rock quit playing colleges because, in his opinion, students are too constricted, “in their social views… they can’t take a joke.”

Although it may not have affected you yet, dear writer, it’s coming.

Jonathan Haidt is my favorite social scientist, and he recently gave this entertaining talk about Strengthen University and Coddle University. Below the video is a link to South Park’s hilarious view of “safe spaces” that are popping up in universities—places where students don’t have to hear any ideas that conflict with their own.

Love it or hate it, this trend may affect your writing in the future.



South Park “Safe Space”




  1. Sad and crippling.

    Comment by Sgt. Derek Pacifico — November 29, 2015 @ 8:10 am

  2. So very interesting! Thanks for this, Elaine!

    Comment by Lisa Ciarfella — November 29, 2015 @ 8:17 am

  3. I truly appreciate and value your comments and feedback. Thanks!–Elaine

    Comment by Anonymous — November 29, 2015 @ 8:41 am

  4. Political correctness run wild!
    Great post.

    Comment by Kelly — November 29, 2015 @ 9:04 am

  5. Elaine, thank you so, so much for this! It turns out I have warrants out on me for stare rape…. What am I gonna do? I’m just thankful there isn’t a law yet against “stare murder.” Or, “stare yo mamma is (fill in the blank).”

    Comment by Les Edgerton — November 29, 2015 @ 9:37 am

  6. Hi Les! Warrants for stare rape, huh? Maybe Sgt. Pacifico can give you some advice. *joke* Have you considered dark glasses? I’m gratified that people are commenting on this post, because I don’t think it’s a minute too late for writers to start thinking about how books are going to be affected if “the right not to be offended” gains traction. –Elaine

    Comment by Anonymous — November 29, 2015 @ 10:26 am

  7. Will have to check this out when I’ve got some time. Important topic.

    Comment by charlesgramlich — November 30, 2015 @ 6:20 am

  8. Thought control! What next? The Hell with ’em!

    Comment by Oscar Case — December 1, 2015 @ 10:23 am

  9. Hi Oscar!–Elaine

    Comment by Anonymous — December 1, 2015 @ 10:28 am

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