By Claire Fox
Some of the girls were sobbing and hugging each other, while others shrieked. The majority appeared at the very least shell-shocked.
It was distress on a scale appropriate for some horrible disaster. Thankfully, however, I wasn’t in a war zone or at the scene of a pile-up - but in a school hall filled with A-level students.
What had provoked such hysteria? I’d dared express an opinion that went against their accepted way of thinking.
‘Generation Snowflake’ is the term for these teens, one that’s now used frequently in the U.S. and becoming more common here. It describes a fragile, thin-skinned younger generation that can’t cope with conflicting views, let alone criticism.
Being faced by a roomful of weepy teenagers certainly isn’t the only example of such behaviour I could cite, but it’s the most dramatic I have experienced.
It happened when I was taking part in a debate at a North London school as director of the Institute of Ideas early last year.
The subject under discussion was footballer Ched Evans - who was then a convicted rapist and had just been released from prison (he’s since had his conviction quashed and is awaiting a retrial). His team, Sheffield United, had taken him back, and we were debating whether the subsequent furore was social justice or mob rule.
Every generation is bigger pussies than the one before, we are huge pussies compared to our grandpas. Who cares
I'm surprised there aren't crowds of protestors outside the Disney Its a Small World After All ride for it's obvious racist cultural appropriation. You gotta think Princess Jasmine is wicked triggered.
Kick Boxe - Every generation is bigger pussies than the one before, we are huge pussies compared to our grandpas. Who caresWhile it could be viewed that way how far are you willing to let it go? Saying words that are deemed "offensive" will have a shit storm brought on to you. Stating an opinion that's different is like a cardinal sin now. I don't want my kids growing up where you can't speak your mind freely.
It'd be fine they are delicate snowflakes if they weren't such fascists about it.