The Women’s Resource and Research Center at the University of California–Davis recruited volunteers to offer “mind spa services” and umbrella escorting to help pro-choice students handle the existence a pro-life demonstration on campus.
“We are calling for volunteers to help make signs, hold content warning information signs, hand out Report Hate and Bias information cards, provide umbrella escorts for community members, and to help facilitate self-care activities/space,” the WRRC announced in an email, which was later reposted on the group’s Facebook page.
This is, quite frankly, ridiculous. I’m socially liberal, yet am somehow completely capable of being around others who are socially conservative without needing a feminist carrying an umbrella to escort me to some kind of hippie “mind spa.”
According the the group’s statement, however, these resources are necessary because even though the so-called “graphic images” sometimes displayed by pro-life protesters are “within their first amendment rights,” they “sometimes don’t promote the most positive campus climate.”
Social-justice efforts like this one are often seen as “compassionate” efforts, but they’re not. All these volunteers are doing is preventing the people they claim to be protecting from developing the skills that they will need to handle life’s difficulties. Ultimately, they’re not saving them from pain, but assuring that they will have much more of it in the future.
Oh, and speaking of compassion, it seems like at least one of the pro-choice attendees was less than respectful — a video posted on Campus Reform shows one of them pushing a stack of pro-life materials off of a table.