I like this bit:
Speaking out about abuse is a social faux pas. It's tacky; it's childish; it's attention seeking. You see, in order for the establishment to keep their power, victims of abuse must remain silent.
Ah..."the establishment"...everyone's favorite villain. It's so refreshing to see left and right finally on the same page, railing against the selfsame boogeyman. If we could only find these dirty establishment-types, I'd suggest a good round of beheadings.
This "decolonize our feels" narrative which rhetorically sets western colonialism at the heart of all human suffering is such a sad, reductive cul de sac. This girl talks about the need for people to "develop a language to talk about their experiences of marginalization", and then breaks out "colonialism" in a discussion of 21st century, mainland British social problems, as if colonialism had any but the most tangential relation to child abuse and homophobia. Way to "develop a language" there, sister. Colonialism does have something to do with racism, obviously, but this trick of pulling all the various banners of leftist grievance under the umbrella of anti-colonialism is more than a little bit stale.
In an argument from free speech, I'd have hoped for perspectives just a tad bit fresher, not just from this girl, but from the movement, as a whole. Do young people spouting this stuff not realize that this narrative is already old and creaky, practically an academic lemon party at this point? Do they not understand that, insofar as there is an "establishment" in academia, that they are actually supporting
its worldview? Is it brave to "stand up and fight" where you have already won, are already in the majority? This girl doesn't study in Missouri or Johannesburg, and the victim card doesn't inspire empathy in all contexts. She definitely has sick boilerplate rhetorical skills, though, I'll give her that.
Regarding Ovid and the western canon...maybe the wise thing to do would simply be to teach the history of the west again on college campuses, with a great big trigger warning at the beginning that all of human history is traumatic
in one way or another, so, before you open an old book, pull yourself together a bit. Is that unreasonable? The events in Ovid shouldn't be surprising to anyone with any sense who has not read the story, but knows the first thing about ancient Rome. Trauma warnings in academia aren't necessary for students who are not sheltered fools. The needed "warning" here should be implicit to any properly educated western university student.