Trigger warnings

triggerLos trigger warnings son avisos sobre el contenido de un curso o de un texto universitario, que podría herir la sensibilidad de algunos estudiantes o crearles traumas. Se trata de un fenómenos cada vez más común en los EEUU y en UK, en 2015-2016.

En "UK universities issue ‘trigger warnings’ to warn students of potentially ‘upsetting’ material". The Independent, 9 octubre 2016, es posible leer:

A growing number of UK universities have introduced “trigger warnings” to give students advance notice of any potentially “upsetting” material in lectures, in a move that echoes a fast-growing trend in colleges in the US.

Academics at universities including Edinburgh, the London School of Economics (LSE), Goldsmiths, Stirling and Central Lancashire are warning students of material they think could be “disturbing”, giving them the option of leaving the lecture room if they decide to. The warnings have been issued ahead of lectures on topics including Christianity, popular culture, history, forensic science, photography, politics and law.

Los temas más afectados por este "derecho" a abandonar la clase si uno se siente herido son: el cristianismo, la cultura popular, la Historia, la ciencia, la fotografía de guerra, la política, el Derecho, o las cuestiones sexuales (mujeres en top-less, por ejemplo).

Esta infantilización de la educación universitaria está siendo denunciada desde múltiples instancias. La feminista Naomi Wolf (Universidad de Oxford, experta en moral victoriana), piensa que son temas psiquiátricos, que nada tienen que ver con la Universidad: "Trauma from sexual or other assault and abuse is very real, and ‘triggers’ are real for victims of abuse. But the place to process or deal with survivor triggers is with a trained therapist in a counsellor’s office, and not in a classroom or university context.”

El sociólogo Frank Furedi cuenta uno de los miles de casos concretos que acaban con el profesor expedientado por el horrendo delito de enseñar Historia: "Too many academics are now censoring themselves". The Guardian, 11 octubre 2016:

My colleague at another university showed a picture of an emaciated Hungarian Jewish woman liberated from a death camp. A student, yelled out, “stop showing this, I did not come here to be traumatised”, disrupting his lecture on the Hungarian Holocaust. After the student complained of distress, caused by the disturbing image, my colleague was told by an administrator to be more careful when discussing such a sensitive subject. “How can I teach the Holocaust without unsettling my students?” asked my friend. Academics who now feel they have to mind their words are increasingly posing such questions.

Mary Beard (Cambridge University), que acaba de recbir el Premio Príncesa de Asturias esta semana, piensa que es ridículo que los estudiantes universitarios deban ser protegidos ante materiales difíciles, como la violación de las Sabinas en la Antigua Roma:

It would be dishonest, fundamentally dishonest, to teach only Roman history and to miss out not just the rape of the Sabines but all their rapes.

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