Politics & Policy

Students Fear for Their Safety Because Conservatives Invited a Speaker to Campus

Christina Hoff Sommers
Apparently, the simple presence of Christina Hoff Sommers on campus could be traumatizing.

Students at both Oberlin College in Ohio and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., have been crying out that they fear for their safety because conservative groups invited someone who disagrees with their views on sexual assault and rape culture to speak on campus.

Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at American Enterprise Institute and author of Who Stole Feminism?, spoke at Georgetown last Thursday and is scheduled to speak at Oberlin tonight.

As reported by Twitchy, Georgetown students placed a “trigger warning” sign outside of the speech, advising that it would “contain discussions of sexual assault and may deny the experiences of survivors.” A photo on Twitter shows a student holding another sign reading, “TRIGGER WARNING: anti-feminism” and advertising the location of a “safe space” for anyone who might feel traumatized by Sommers’s opposing views.

#related#Why these students would go through all of this rather than just not attend is unclear — but it seems like Sommers’s experience with Oberlin students will be the same. In fact, the Oberlin students who wrote a piece for the school newspaper protesting the invitation preceded it with a trigger warning — apparently, they consider Sommers to be so dangerous that even talking about her talking could traumatize someone.

“Her talk is happening, so let’s pull together in the face of this violence and make our own space to support each other,” the students wrote in the piece, which was titled “In Response to Sommers’ Talk: A Love Letter to Ourselves” and had been signed by more than 150 students and campus groups as of noon on Friday.

“It is valid and necessary to both create alternative spaces for healing and to directly challenge the violence that is happening,” it continued.

The letter also announced an “alternate event,” titled “We’re Still Here Monday.”

— Katherine Timpf is a reporter for National Review

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