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Annals of why women maybe shouldn’t drive: NYT writer gets so triggered when she hears her teen son in the back seat use the word “triggered” that she nearly crashes the car

October 14, 2019

Should this lady be allowed to possess a driver’s license?

Raising teenagers can be terrifying. Our squishy little babies become awkward hormonal creatures who question our authority at every turn.

I expected that. What I didn’t predict was that my sons’ adolescence would include being drawn to the kind of online content that right-wing extremists use to recruit so many young men.

The first sign was a seemingly innocuous word, used lightheartedly: “triggered.”

As my 11- and 14-year-old sons and their friends talked and bantered — phones in hand, as always — in the back seat of the car, one of them shouted it in response to a meme, and they all laughed uproariously.

I almost lost control of the car.

My first question was: Is it legal to stuff at least four growing kids, maybe more (two sons, plus “friends”), into a single back seat? How many seat belts are there back there? What if the author, New York Times contributor Joanna Schroeder, actually did plow her car into a tree after hearing the dreaded T-word? Wouldn’t there be some lawsuits?

Ms. Schroeder is easily upset:

That’s because I know that word — often used to mock people who are hurt or offended by racism as overly sensitive — is a calling card of the alt-right, which the Anti-Defamation League defines as “a segment of the white supremacist movement consisting of a loose network of racists and anti-Semites who reject mainstream conservatism in favor of politics that embrace implicit or explicit racism, anti-Semitism and white supremacy.” People associated with this group are known for trolling those who disagree with them, and calling critics “triggered” is a favorite tactic.

Another word that gives Ms. Schroeder the willies is “snowflake.”

An insult embraced by moderate conservatives and the alt-right alike, it’s used to dismiss people who complain about racism, sexism or homophobia as laughably delicate.

When one of my kids used it, I smiled and, in a conspiratorial tone, asked him to think about this: Who is more of a delicate snowflake? The person who wants people to stop racial slurs or mocking of gay people or the person who is upset and offended by the use of the phrase “Happy Holidays” — a common talking point during Fox News’s infamous War on Christmas segments?

And she’s one jumpy mom just in general:

The next red flag: I watched my son scroll through Instagram and double-click on an image, lighting up a heart that signifies a “like.”

“Hold on a minute,” I said, snatching his phone. “Was that Hitler?”

Apparently terrified that white supremacists are going to get hold of her sons and turn them into Charlottesville-marching Nazi zombies, Ms. Schroeder takes a break from grabbing their smartphones out of their hands to turn to an expert, Dr. John Duffy. He’s the author of Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety, which argues that it’s basically already too late for her to do much of anything, because kids start getting brainwashed at the age of 8:

They might hear about the border, or “Crooked Hillary” or a conspiracy theory on how the left works, Dr. Duffy said. Many of these spots are created and promoted by organizations like PragerU, which, Dr. Duffy notes, is not an accredited university but a propaganda machine that introduces viewers to extremist views via video.

Ha ha–PragerU isn’t actually a university! Dr. Duffy is really on the ball!

And here’s someone else who who scares the pants off Ms. Schroeder:

They may also find videos by more mainstream figures, including members of the so-called intellectual dark web like Jordan Peterson, a Canadian psychologist and professor at the University of Toronto, whose conservative perspectives on feminism and gender are very popular among young men and often are a path to more extreme content and ideologies.

Jordan Peterson.

I’ll say only this: I don’t want Joanna Schroeder driving me anywhere.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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5 Comments
  1. Having an easily triggered snowflake for a mother is the boys real problem.

  2. Bandmeeting permalink

    ”An insult embraced by moderate conservatives and the alt-right alike,”

    Ah, the ever evasive alt-right.

    ”Segment of the white supremacist movement.”

    There is no white supremacist movement, other than the one inside your silly head. Yet she’s even able to imagine enough to break them into segments.

  3. texinole permalink

    You found a rich vein of lulz there. Good work.

    “Hold on a minute,” I said, snatching his phone. “Was that Hitler?”

    My god that’s precious. That and saying “hello fellow kids” with a Fox News burn just killed me.

  4. Martin permalink

    Greetings from Brussels.

    I “found” your site last night and was immediately impressed with your style of humorous-intelligent writing. “Stupid Girl” is one of those little gold nuggets that makes exploring the internet worthwhile.

    I’m glad you’re here.

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