Law students complain rape law too traumatizing to study, law professors say
A growing number of law students are complaining to their professors about lectures on rape law, saying the subject is too traumatic to learn about or discuss, according to at least two prominent law professors.
Harvard Law Professor Jeannie Suk detailed the trend in The New Yorker earlier this month, and this week George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf, in an interview with The College Fix, said he has found the same thing in his classroom.
“We are going to be raising a wussified generation of lawyers,” Banzhaf said. “Students are saying, ‘I don’t want to hear anything that disturbs me.’ How are these lawyers going to do what lawyers have to do, which is to stand up to judges for clients and causes?”
There are certain signs that indicate when a trend or a trope or whatever they’re calling it these days has gone too far.
When the students of a profession that purports to define, prosecute, and sanction a crime say that the thought of the crime so horrifies them that they can’t study it in school – well, I think you can take that as a reliable indicator that we’re passed into the forest of the absurd with that branch of political correctness dealing with the definition, consideration, and politics of rape.
As the article elaborates, this doesn’t stop with rape. Jeannie Suk, a Harvard Law professor tells of showing a documentary about a criminal-sex-abuse investigation which elicited complaints from students because she didn’t give a so-called “trigger warning” first. Others said she shouldn’t have shown it all.
OK, well what’s next? Murder is certainly an upsetting crime. So is battery, child abuse, domestic violence. The list goes on and on. Are law schools to sanitize the study of these topics and erect trigger warnings or just eliminate the more troubling cases from study?
Maybe the schools should just drop the study of criminal law from the curriculum altogether, since it’s nothing but a minefield of emotional disturbance once you begin getting into the details of cases. Some bad things happen in tort law too. Should it get scrubbed as well?
This all has to be taken with a grain of salt, of course, because we are talking about lawyers here, albeit in their raw form as students. One expects a certain amount of this kind of insincere posing and nonsense from this variant of the species; to get out of exams, develop their chops at behaving outrageously as a matter of right and habit, and the like. It’s part of the territory with these people.
Still, it doesn’t bode well for the near term future of the rest of the race.