It’s not that interesting of a perspective.
a) By establishing a category of “era of constant offense and victimization” implies everything within this container of “constant offense and victimization” means that every issue brought up within this conceptual ‘era’ is invalidated.
Imagine if this imaginary “era” never happened? Where would we be as a society?
Hint: It’s not an era. It’s raising social awareness.
Early formation of the USA. Unfair taxes. Were they just being offended and playing the victim card, boo hoo, to Great Britain?
Let’s show them this article. “Ok everybody, cancel the revolution, wow, we’re just pretending to have problems when we really have none, ha ha”.
[and I just used sarcasm. Please don’t let me do that. I’m not a fan of sarcasm]
b) It’s reminiscent of “toughen up, buttercup life sucks and deal with it because [i did when you were young, other people are in worse situations than you, there’s kids starving in China, whatever]”
Of course life is tough. Someone trying to fix that is a problem?
I read the article. It’s not impressive. It’s the same rhetoric used by the alt.right. It’s the same “grit” argument used to push Common Core a few years ago based on a book that got popular among teachers that advocated “making it tough” for kids in school because it’s supposed to make them stronger academically.
As if it wasn’t tough already. Let’s make it worse. Great.
The thing about articles like this one and the general attitude?
It gives license for someone to take everything I just wrote, crumble it up in the ball and say,
“U offended, m8?”, like the 8-10 yr olds do on XBox Live.
It’s a conversation killer. It’s not a tough position either. It’s a way to run away from discussion. “Oh, you’re just offended and playing the victim card”, no matter how smarmy the look on the face, isn’t a tough-guy position. Far from it.
It means they’re avoiding life. Avoiding problems. Avoiding dealing with issues and pretending everything’s fine. That’s not an adult response to life.
It’s what kids do to each other on the playground. Not regular kids either. Meangirls. Bullies. It’s a crap tactic.
For a blog that’s supposed to be about skepticism, it doesn’t seem to know how to apply it to itself.