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Hands up, don’t clap! UK feminists decide applause is too stressful for delicate females

March 25, 2015

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Wave those “jazz hands” instead.

Organizers of the U.K.’s National Union of Students’ Women’s Conference, held this year in Solihull, U.K. found that the idea of applauding a speech “triggers anxiety” for participants–because clapping makes noise, you know–so it told attendees to use “jazz hands”–waving one’s hand palm out with the fingers splayed–as a silent substitute.

And you thought that today’s feminists weren’t fragile flowers underneath all that fish-needs-a-bicycle stuff! Think again.

“Young student union activists have asked other conference delegates to wave with “jazz hands” instead of clapping or cheering speakers in case it ‘triggers anxiety’ among nervous members.

“Hundreds were asked to wave in silence because other people found “whooping” to be “super inaccessible.”

“The request was made at the National Union of Students’ annual Women’s Conference in Solihull, West Midlands, which started yesterday.

“NUS Women’s Campaign tweeted: ‘Whooping is fun for some, but can be super inaccessible for others, so please try not to whoop! Jazz hands work just as well.’

“They then followed that with: ‘Some delegates are requesting that we move to jazz hands rather than clapping, as it’s triggering anxiety. Please be mindful! #nuswomen15.'”

Posted by Charlotte Allen


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