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Girls At $62,741-Per-Year College Demand Trigger Warnings About The Real World

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A student group at a fancypants women’s college on Manhattan’s Upper West Side has dedicated a whole wall of its student center to an art installation dedicated to the legitimacy and seriousness of trigger warnings.

The site of the tribute to trigger warnings is Barnard College, reports The College Fix.

The annual cost for tuition, mandatory fees and room and board at Barnard runs $62,741. That’s almost $10,000 more than the median annual household income in the United States.

The crowdsourced art exhibit created by the ladies of Barnard features a series of simple notes written on white pieces of paper. The pieces of paper are pinned on a rope stretching tautly along a wall.

“People asking for trigger warnings are the opposite of ‘coddled,'” reads one message.

“Trigger warnings are REAL and should be RESPECTED!” reads another.

“I have complex feelings about trigger warnings, but I think the opinions of those who they most affect should be prioritized,” reads a third.

Trigger warnings are notifications advising people that they may be about to view imagery or hear words which someone, somewhere might find offensive or somehow stressful. Such warnings are all the rage on some American college campuses. (RELATED: Militant Georgetown Feminists Demand ‘SAFE SPACE’ Because Of Scary 5’5″, 130-Lb. Woman)

The Barnard student group behind the trigger warning exhibit is called the Collective Advocacy Project. The group exists to help students write op-eds, prepare for presentations and “figure out how to compose catchy fliers.”

“The exhibit is definitely not meant to be pro- or anti-trigger warnings,” Collective Advocacy Project co-coordinator Skyler Samuelson told The College Fix. “The concept of the interactive installation is the creation of a space for dialogue surrounding the topic.”

One student, Toni Airaksinen, noted that she has seen students at Barnard — and at Columbia University, across the street — request trigger warnings for a number of topics including “crime, drugs, sex references, dogs, politics, mental illness and violence.”

Students who think trigger warnings are ridiculous “never express their opinion, because of the potential consequences of doing so,” Airaksinen told the Fix.

Barnard students enjoy “access to places in New York City that others can only dream of” and a wide range of dining options “including vegetarian, vegan, Kosher, and Halal” as well as “brick-oven thin-crust pizza.”

Last spring, Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the graduating class at Barnard College that women continue to suffer from grave inequality in the United States, and that Afghanistan is a superior nation in terms of women’s rights because women hold a higher percentage of parliament seats there. (RELATED: UN Ambassador Samantha Power Tells Fancypants College Grads How Afghanistan Is Superior To USA)

Notable Barnard alumnae include Judith Coplon, a Soviet spy in U.S. Justice Department, Juliet Stuart Poyntz, a founding member of the Communist Party USA, and Flora Wovschin, a Soviet spy in U.S. State Department.

President Barack Obama gave Barnard’s 2012 commencement address.

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