“Sensitivity Readers”? For REAL? *Open Thread*

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I saw on the news that publishers are now hiring “sensitivity readers” to review all books for “offensive” comments, or depictions, or whatever-snowflake-upset may be caused by reading a book with thoughts, reflections, statements, comments, descriptions, or what have you , that might upset sensitive (immature) people who are easily offended.

I swear to God I am not making this up. From the Chicago Tribune:

[…]

These days, though, a book may get an additional check from an unusual source: a sensitivity reader, a person who, for a nominal fee, will scan the book for racist, sexist or otherwise offensive content. These readers give feedback based on self-ascribed areas of expertise such as “dealing with terminal illness,” “racial dynamics in Muslim communities within families” or “transgender issues.”

“The industry recognizes this is a real concern,” said Cheryl Klein, a children’s and young adult book editor and author of “The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults.” Klein, who works at the publisher Lee & Low, said that she has seen the casual use of specialized readers for many years but that the process has become more standardized and more of a priority, especially in books for young readers.

Sensitivity readers have emerged in a climate – fueled in part by social media – in which writers are under increased scrutiny for their portrayals of people from marginalized groups, especially when the author is not a part of that group.

Last year, for instance, J.K. Rowling was strongly criticized by Native American readers and scholars for her portrayal of Navajo traditions in the 2016 story “History of Magic in North America.” Young-adult author Keira Drake was forced to revise her fantasy novel “The Continent” after an online uproar over its portrayal of people of color and Native backgrounds. More recently, author Veronica Roth – of “Divergent” fame – came under fire for her new novel, “Carve the Mark.” In addition to being called racist, the book was criticized for its portrayal of chronic pain in its main character. […] (Click here to read the rest..)

Good. Lord. Have we really come to this? Works of FICTION are lambasted by the Snowflake Community for not meeting their narrow, RIGID standards of acceptable PC discourse? Really???

Apparently so, as at least one college, University of Washington at Tacoma, has demonstrated with a recent declaration. From the Daily CallerDaily Caller:

[…]

An “antiracist” poster in a college writing center insists American grammar is “racist” and an “unjust language structure,” promising to prioritize rhetoric over “grammatical ‘correctness.’”

The poster, written by the director, staff, and tutors of the University of Washington, Tacoma’s Writing Center, states “racism is the normal condition of things,” declaring that it permeates rules, systems, expectations, in courses, school and society. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

I mean, yeah, why would a WRITING CENTER at a UNIVERSITY care about GRAMMAR??

Wow. Just freakin’ wow.

I think this cartoon says it all about where too many of our institutions of “Higher Learning” are these days:

Uh, yeah. That sums it up pretty well, if you ask me. I don’t know how these institutions have declined so far from what they were just when I went to college back in the ’80’s, but they sure have. No longer can people engage in the marketplace of ideas at universities lest they hurt some big baby’s feelings by saying something they don’t want to hear, or with which they don’t agree.

I am reminded of this good piece in The Federalist by Margot Cleveland, an adjunct professor at Notre Dame. It is about the crop of young people today: “Tired Of Millennials’ Participation Trophy Culture? Blame Identity Politics,” in response to a (ridiculous) piece written by Alyssa Rapp. Indeed. “Identity Politics” is precisely why we have “sensitivity readers” at publishing houses these days. From the Federalist article:

[…]

Looking back on my 20-plus years of teaching, I now see what I had missed then: my students in the mid-to-late 2000s were millennials. This insight also put into perspective a comment that until recently had baffled me. In 2008, the last year I taught as a full-time faculty member—resigning to marry, have a son, and care for him full-time—a student asked me after class to re-explain the correct response on a critical-thinking short-answer question from the midterm examination.

‘But I wrote something. Don’t I get any points for writing something?’

After explaining the correct answer, she countered, “But I got a zero.” Puzzled, I said, “Right, but you didn’t answer the question correctly.” She continued, “But I wrote something. Don’t I get any points for writing something?” “But everything you wrote was wrong,” I gently explained. She left unconvinced, and I left unaware.

But with eyes wide open, I now see the millennial mindset had been slowly overtaking my classroom. That also explains the shift in those identifying as feminists that Rapp highlights. That shift is a function of the identity politics to which the millennial generation hyper-subscribes, rather than any advancement of the “women’s cause.” […] (Click here to read the rest.

And there you have it: “but I WROTE something!” That is the effect of “trophy participation” writ large, and how it is that we now have “sensitivity readers,” writing centers not giving a damn about “racist” proper grammar, and oh-sadly-so-much-more, like protests despite having zero idea why they are protesting.

That is not hyperbole. If you can stand it, and I admit, I had to give up after a minute or so because the idiocy was so strong, check out these young people when asked why they were protesting Trump:

 

No clue why they were out there. I assume some college professor told them to do it, so they did, because, well, um, uh, shut up that’s why!

Sigh. Yes, sadly, this is where we seem to be these days in this country. What a sad, sad commentary that is on our educational system, and the nation.

That’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.

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35 Responses to ““Sensitivity Readers”? For REAL? *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Doesn’t it make your head, not to mention your mind, hurt when you read this nonsense?

    “But I wrote something” is a perfect example of the insanity that grips our country.

    And that cartoon is perfect. Good for you my young Padawan Cartoon gatherer. 😉

    Perfect piece for this crazy times Rev and well done to boot.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Oh and just as an aside, back in my day we would have called this censorship and we were against it.

      If you don’t like a book as written – don’t read the damn thing you fragile POS.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – that is high praise coming from the Master Of Cartoon Perusal And Collections! Thank you so much, and glad you liked the post!

      You ain’t only kidding – it IS censorship! I have never seen anything like it! I wish these authors would tell these big whiny babies to get the hell over themselves, it is a work of FICTION!! Get a GRIP, already! Sheesh!

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Feminist Snowflake: Daddy-Daughter Dates Are ‘Everything That Is Wrong in the World’

    One columnist in the UK said daddy-daughter dates are “everything that is wrong in the world”:

    It makes father daughter time into a rarity, it reduces a man to nothing more than a babysitter, it sends the message that by hanging out with his child a man is doing something noteworthy or even strange.

    So by all means, spend some quality time with your children. But don’t use the language of an adult sexual relationship to describe it, and let’s stop handing out gold stars to any man who wants to spend some time with his kid.

    Yup. This kind of activity is the source of all misery in the world according to the self-described “snowflake.”

    https://pjmedia.com/parenting/2017/02/17/feminist-snowflake-daddy-daughter-dates-are-everything-that-is-wrong-in-the-world/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Are you kidding me with this?? Is there anything that DOESN’T upset these little snowflakes? Has it occurred to the person complaining that maybe it makes the daughter HAPPY to have special time with her dad???

      Wow. People. Good heavens…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        We didn’t have Daddy-Daughter date night back in my day but I would have loved having my Dad all to myself like that. It would have made me feel good. What’s wrong with these people?

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          We didn’t either, but yeah – it would have been amazing to have undivided attention from my dad – there were FIVE of us, after all, so that was something that happened rarely (like him taking me to/from church camp).

          Swear to God, it’s like they can’t help themselves from trying to ruin everything that makes MOST people happy!

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That is EXACTLY what libraries are going to look like soon the way we keep going!

      There are some young folks of whom I can think who are over this entire thing though of course, one of them is in the Air Force, and the other is his wife. They are disgusted with the way these snowflakes act.

      One of the last things the Airman said last night after dinner was that maybe one thing having a Rep. President will do is stop making the military a “social experiment.” Amen to that!

  5. piper Says:

    Amy,
    Happy to hear that your move is going as well as expected. Great dock where many enjoyable times will be experienced.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks, piper! We don’t make the big move until mid-March, but we had bought the new appliances on an awesome sale at Lowe’s and it was time to get them to the new place to be installed once the floors are done (they were putting in the granite countertops yesterday). So a bit longer yet, and a bit more packing to do, but the way time is flying, the move will be here before we know it! 🙂

  6. piper Says:

    I would like to explain my comment from yesterday. I am not against prayers being said in public settings however I do not care when they are gimmicky just like when the Obamas made a big deal out of going to church services in D.C.. I honestly believe that her reading was a set-up by Donald and who knows which advisor as a way to garner attention or who knows what.

    There are many of the same comparisons that could be made between the Obamas and the Trumps in terms of marriage, background, intellectual, expensive traveling, security, golfing, however at this time I want/prefer healthy and gainful governance instead of more narcissistic behavior.

    Who would have ever thought that as a former democrat I would say this – Laura and George were/are a class act.

    Reading the various blogs again I notice much similarity between the cultish words/group think of the obamites and trumpsters. Thank goodness NOT here.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      No explanation necessary Piper. We just saw things a little different that’s all. I doubt very much that Trump prays at all – although that’s only my opinion not a fact.

      But does Melania? I don’t know and so was willing to give her the benefit of a doubt.

      I also was glad to see a gathering with a prayer – whether a gimmick or not. I don’t know if the prayer was sincere. But God does and his opinion is the one that counts.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I appreciate the explanation, just because I care how you think, but as Marge said, not necessary!

      And so with you on having to revise my opinion of George and Laura. Yes, they most definitely were a class act compared to the most recent former President…

      So thankful you find this to be a good place, piper – that makes me very happy indeed!

  7. piper Says:

    Who knew words like honesty and factual could be twisted in some many different ways.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Funny thing is that the left calls Trump a Nazi but they are the ones who would ban or burn books they don’t like.

      The worst thing they’ve done is put me in a position where I must, from time to time, defend a man I loathe and whom I believe is nuts. Intellectual honesty forces me to do so or I’ll be like them. That’s not something I’m willing to chance.

      • piper Says:

        I with you there. Sadly so many people know little about history and believe that their way and beliefs are the only way to go but would become completely unhinged if they had to live under repressive and barbaric regimes of Nazism, Communism and radical Islam. The ones screaming the loudest are usually the naive, ignorant or NIMBY ones.

        I want balance in government and our country not the divisive politics and policies that are currently in play here. Maybe I’m a bit of a dreamer remembering the 50’s and early 60’s of my childhood growing up in Detroit.

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          I wish for a return to the days when people could disagree without being totally disagreeable too Piper. I wish it for my grandchildren and for the country as a whole.

          It doesn’t hurt to dream a little so long as we are still willing to face reality. People like you know the difference. I’m not sure many still do.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – good one, piper!

      I was thinking this morning abt all of these idiot protesters calling Trump a fascist when they are constantly trying to take away people’s first amendment rights as well as thwart the will of the people after a fair and open election. It is astonishing. The only ones acting with a fascistic tendency seems to be THEM.

      Someone on the news made a comment to the effect of if Trump was a fascist, they would not be allowed to SAY all of these things. No kidding. But that goes back to what you were saying, piper – they don’t know history and have ZERO idea what a “fascist” IS!

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    😉 President Trump stood at a press conference Wednesday and said he was one hundred percent behind Israel. Earlier in the week, he ripped Germany for the country’s open border policy. Okay, say Trump’s critics, other than his support for Jews and his dislike of Germany, he’s JUST like Hitler.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      OH MY GOSH – that is SO true!!! That is exactly their “logic,” if you can call it that. Perfectly said!

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Ben Shapiro: Trump’s Sweden Kerfuffle Shows Why The Right Trusts Him More Than The Media

    Last night, news broke of a Muslim immigrant rally:

    SWEDEN’S capital was plunged into chaos on Monday as police were forced to fire at rioters after a violence erupted in an area described as high risk. The terrifying scenes took place just hours after the country’s Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, slammed Donald Trump for claiming Sweden was in crisis as a result of its liberal refugee policy. Stockholm police were forced to fire a shot into the rampaging crowd in the hard-hit suburb of Rinkeby, after a mob of around 30 thugs started attacking the officers with rocks. Violence erupted after the police had tried to arrest a wanted person on the subway.

    Sweden does have a serious problem with rising rates of rape correlating with increased immigration from Muslim countries. As Joe Curl points out, “There were at 66.5 cases of reported rapes per 100,000 inhabitants last year, up from 24.9 in 2003. That’s one heck of a jump.” Even ABC News has been forced to acknowledge that Trump wasn’t entirely wrong.

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/13692/trumps-sweden-kerfuffle-shows-why-right-trusts-him-ben-shapiro

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Yes yes, YES!!! Wow, you really ARE the Master of the Awesome Cartoons! This could not be more spot on…

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Oh, wait – should I say, “Mistress”? Or is that a micro aggression trigger? 😀

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          I’m not sure what is or is not a micro aggression trigger – I thought a trigger was a part of a gun. And if someone was pulling the trigger it would seem to me to be a mighty big MACRO aggression. Doesn’t matter – don’t care if you use the wrong “gender” when complimenting me. I just take the compliment and say thank you. I was raised with manners unlike the pinheaded snowflakes.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            LOL – you said it – just some good old fashioned manners takes care of most situations. Well said!

  11. mcnorman Says:

    i thought eggs were the only things supposed to be coddled? LOL

  12. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend had this excellent quote up at Facebook from a college Economics professor who, according to the link below, failed an entire class for insisting Socialism a la Obama works (he had never failed a student before). His quote:

    Link: http://www.cscmediagroupus.com/2017/02/21/socialism/

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