Years ago, I (Matt Palumbo) would often joke regarding the concept of “trigger warnings,” that as a victim of gun violence, I found trigger warnings to be extremely triggering.
I had been joking – but apparently this actually turned out to be a valid concern from our generation of snowflakes that has PTSD from existence. Back in July, the intersectional feminist website Everyday Feminism published an article with the editors note “we use the phrase “content warning” instead of “trigger warning,” as the word “trigger” relies on and evokes violent weaponry imagery. This could be re-traumatizing for folks who have suffered military, police, and other forms of violence. So, while warnings are so necessary and the points in this article are right on, we strongly encourage the term “content warning” instead of “trigger warning.”
The Right’s satire now is the far-Left’s reality, apparently.
Admittedly, I’ve since had way too much fun browsing that website.
Among the scholarship at Everyday Feminism includes articles with headlines such as “8 Things You Should Never Say to an Asexual Person” (one of them isn’t ‘when do you begin mitosis’), “Is It Your Responsibility to Educate a Person You’re Dating On Race and Racism?”, “Why Black Men Can Participate in Misogynoir – And 3 Ways We Can Fight Against It”, “How We Can Embrace Our Own #BlackMuslimGirlMagic If The Media Ignores Us.”, “3 Reasons We Need to be Critical of Sex Positivity in Queer Spaces”, and countless others that read like headlines from Clickhole or The Onion.
Perhaps more entertaining than the headlines are the author bios at the Everyday Feminism team. Here are a few of my personal favorites.
Such are the fruits of a website that encourages its readers to “transform their lives through feminism” – which TOTALLY isn’t cult-like at all.
But enough poking fun. The website is now offering an online course which may be the dumbest way to blow $300, aside from literally setting it on fire (which, in that case, wouldn’t end up in the pockets of Everyday Feminism at least). As Heat Street reported: Recently, the publication launched a program to “help” white Americans confront their whiteness. It’s called “Healing from Toxic Whiteness,” and it serves as boot camp for would-be social justice warriors who may hold onto problematic beliefs, such as the idea that it’s possible to be racist against white people.
In social justice land, there’s no such thing as reverse racism — or even racism against white people, for that matter. Racism, they argue, can only exist when one has both power and privilege — ignoring the fact that anyone can wield both these things depending on their situation.
It is a part of Everyday Feminism founder Sandra Kim’s ongoing efforts to fight against everything and anything deemed problematic in the world.
The program costs $300 and lasts for 10 weeks, building upon the premise that “white people need to restore themselves to emotional wholeness in order to truly free themselves from racism and move into action to end white supremacy.” It wouldn’t sound out of place on a Scientologist pamphlet, and it even promises to “decondition” its participants from unconscious racism by forcing them to acknowledge their privileges, to make them more effective warriors for social justice.
Healing from Toxic Whiteness claims that every white person has been unconsciously conditioned to be racist simply by “being raised in societies built on systemic racism,” and aims to expunge those problematic thoughts. The program defines being “colorblind” as a form of racism and further states that anyone who doesn’t actively do something to stop racism is committing a racist action by omission. So unless you’re a social justice warrior, you’re a racist.
According to the program sheet, participants are eventually expected to commit to five chief tenets that would effectively have them self-flagellate on a constant basis and proselytize the ideology to other people.
I’ve always found the kind of mental gymnastics the modern social justice warrior has to perform to be worthy of a gold medal. They believe they possess some kind of secret information that they’re oppressed – and they want you to pay to learn just how oppressed you are. That – or they want you to pay to learn how much of an oppressor you are. What a bizarre world we must live in where the oppressed don’t know they’re oppressed – and the oppressors have no idea they’re doing it. Did any African-Americans who grew up under Jim Crow have to be taught in college that they were oppressed?
Genuine oppression exists out in the world. In America, these people have the luxury of being oppressed nowhere but in their own heads.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]