The University of Arizona’s College of Humanities might be in one of the country’s hottest states, but it’s reached an entirely new level of snowflakery in its handbook on diversity and inclusiveness.
In this handbook, offended students are instructed to say “ouch” if they are hurt or offended by the language of another student.
“Oops/ouch: If a student feels hurt or offended by another student’s comment, the hurt student can say ‘ouch,’” the handbook reads. “In acknowledgement, the student who made the hurtful comment says ‘oops.’ If necessary, there can be further dialogue about this exchange.”
I’m going to breach protocol here, and tell you a personal story.
When I was a kid, maybe 6 or 7 years old, every time I was hurt (which, that young, is pretty frequently) I would yell “Ouch!” It wasn’t because I was feigning injury for attention, it was because I had just seen enough cartoons to be under the impression that “ouch” is what you say to get attention when you’re in pain.
One day, I said “Ouch!” in front of my dad, and he didn’t do anything. I was shocked — why wasn’t he making things better?
My dad, being no dummy, had figured out that if I had the wherewithal to say “Ouch!” in the midst of my pain, I was probably in a situation that wasn’t all that bad and could handle it myself.
Now, that’d be terrible if he was wrong, but he wasn’t — he was absolutely right.
All that to say — if you have to say “ouch” to get attention, you’re probably going to be fine.
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