Generation: Snowflake

You’ve heard of the “Greatest Generation” and  “Baby Boomers” (which I am) and The “Me Generation”, Generation X…

We now have Millennials, also know as the “Generation Snowflake” or as I call them, The Crybaby Generation.


The UK Sun: Generation Snowflake feminists are creating a culture where women are terrified of being offended

Trigger warning Meet ‘Generation Snowflake’ – the hysterical young women who can’t cope with being offended

British thinktank boss says mollycoddled kids are breaking down in tears when asked to deal with controversial ideas

A top British thinker has claimed young women are in the grip of a “hysteria” which has made them unable to cope with being offended.

Claire Fox, head of a thinktank called the Institute of Ideas, has penned a coruscating critique of “Generation Snowflake”, the name given to a growing group of youngsters who “believe it’s their right to be protected from anything they might find unpalatable”.

Generation Snowflake

She said British and American universities are dominated by cabals of young women who are dead set on banning anything they find remotely offensive.

(and Men, but since Men are Politically Incorrect to begin with…)

“It makes me sad that these teens and 20-somethings have become so fearful that they believe a dissenting opinion can pose such a serious threat,” Fox wrote in an article for Mail Online.

This hyper-sensitivity has prompted the University of East Anglia to outlaw sombreros in a Mexican restaurant and caused the National Union of Student to ban clapping as “as it might trigger trauma”, asking youngsters to use “jazz hands” instead.

The sombreros were seen as racist
Is the sombrero really too racist to be worn in Britain?

Books containing troublesome material are now slapped with “trigger warnings”, whilst universities and student unions are declared “safe spaces” where young people should not have to encounter anything they disagree with.

Fox described astonishing scenes at an event set up to discuss whether the public outcry against footballer Ched Evans was “social justice or mob rule”.

FYI:”Ched Evans is extremely grateful that the Court of Appeal has ruled that his conviction for rape was unsafe and should be quashed.”

Ched Evans’s conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman has been quashed today – but he now faces a fresh trial.

The footballer was found guilty in 2012 of raping the woman at a hotel in Rhyl, North Wales.

Lady Justice Hallett, one of the country’s most senior women judges, announced she and two other judges were overturning the conviction today.

But she ordered that Evans face a retrial, for which the case will be sent back to a Crown Court.

The former Sheffield United player has been unable to find a new team since his release from prison – but those working with him may seek to convince a club to sign him following today’s decision.

His statement came after Lady Justice Hallett said she and her fellow judges had heard ‘fresh evidence’ during the appeal hearing on March 22 and 23.

She said: ‘[Evans] appealed to this court against conviction… on the basis that relevant and admissible evidence has come to light, that was not available at trial, and that undermines the safety of his conviction.’ (UK Mirror)

But as usual, he’s a man, so he must be guilty, right? 🙂

The academic said her mostly female audience broke down in tears after she “dared suggest (as eminent feminists have before me) that rape wasn’t necessarily the worst thing a woman could experience”.

Safe space: Should youngsters be protected from troubling material?

Fox added: “I expected robust discussion – not for them all to dissolve into outraged gasps of, ‘You can’t say that!’

“Their reaction shocked me. I take no pleasure in making teenagers cry, but it also brought home the contrast to previous generations of young people, who would have relished the chance to argue back.

“It illustrated this generation’s almost belligerent sense of entitlement. They assume their emotional suffering takes precedence. Express a view they disagree with and you must immediately recant and apologise.”

Or be made to or not allowed to even think of such things to begin with, thus saving them all from the trauma beforhand.

Are some ideas too controversial to be heard?

Generation Snowflake has also created a social minefield for young boys and men, who risk being labelled “sex pests” for twanging a girl’s bra at school, Fox continued.

That’s sexual harassment (or worse), these days. But at least here in the States he can use the Girl’s Bathroom. All he has to do is “self-identify”. 🙂

She said women were opting to stay at home and socialise on the internet due to overblown fears about predatory men.

Well, men are evil. 🙂

There is a strand of self-absorption and fragility running through this generation; all too ready to cry ‘victim’ at the first hint of a situation they don’t like,” Fox concluded.

And demand Politicians, Schools, and Government stopt hem from doing or saying it ever gain.

We need a younger generation that’s prepared to grow a backbone, go out into the world, take risks and make difficult decisions. Otherwise the future doesn’t bode well for any of us.”

Claire Fox has penned a book about Generation Snowflake which is called I Find That Offensive and was published by Biteback in May.

“When you hear that now ubiquitous phrase ‘I find that offensive’, you know you’re being told to shut up. While the terrible murder of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists demonstrated that those who offend can face the most brutal form of censorship, it also served only to intensify the pre-existing climate that dictates we all have to walk on eggshells to avoid saying anything offensive – or else.

Indeed, competitive offence-claiming is ratcheting up well beyond religious sensibilities. So, while Islamists and feminists may seem to have little in common, they are both united in demanding retribution in the form of bans, penalties and censorship of those who hurt their feelings.

But how did we become so thin-skinned? In ‘I Find That Offensive!’ Claire Fox addresses the possible causes of what is fast becoming known as ‘Generation Snowflake’ head-on (no ‘safe spaces’ here) in a call to toughen up, become more robust and make a virtue of the right to be offensive.

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