Diddums reallyDecember 6, 2017 Tim WorstallSnowflakes22 CommentsBeing called a “snowflake” is damaging to mental health, young people say. previousIf only there were an economist aboutnextExercise compensates for the effects of pollution 22 thoughts on “Diddums really” Maritime Barbarian December 6, 2017 at 9:51 am Back in the past, we chanted: “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me”. Clearly different now. So Much For Subtlety December 6, 2017 at 10:00 am But apparently calling Mitt Romney a Nazi who literally went around at night giving his female employees cancer was fine. Toughen up buttercup. You are going to hear much worse in your life. Paul December 6, 2017 at 10:11 am I do wonder if the mental health stuff is more an example of #metoo and similar herd behaviours. I also wonder if when I was a child we didn’t expect perfection and success with out effort. So , for example, we didn’t expect everyone to like us. I remember in sixth form there were three very seperate social groups ; there was little animosity, but no real ‘friendship’. But we didn’t feel the other social groups were bullying us, or excluding us or anything like that. Henry Crun December 6, 2017 at 10:13 am Oh boo fucking hoo! So Much For Subtlety December 6, 2017 at 10:17 am At their age their grandparents were surviving the Blitz. PJH December 6, 2017 at 10:19 am I’m more inclined to believe they have cause and effect the wrong way round in that headline… bloke in spain December 6, 2017 at 10:34 am Any idea how much it costs, have a plane tow a banner? S’pose getting a formation of jets to skywrite it would be out of the question? The Meissen Bison December 6, 2017 at 10:35 am The snowflake appellation surely derives from the belief that every individual is unique and special which conveys certain privileges like removing your todger and retrofitting a front bottom. You were unique and special and you are still unique and special. Bloke in Cornwall December 6, 2017 at 10:41 am The Meissen Bison – it’s more that they are delicate and melt as soon as you look at them… Andrew C December 6, 2017 at 10:41 am “Helen Parr (Elastigirl): Everyone is special, Dash. Dash Parr: That’s just another way of saying no one is.” From ‘The Incredibles’ Mr Yan December 6, 2017 at 10:52 am LMFAO – poor little things. I imagine the way to solve this problem is to expand safe spaces to encompass everyone so they never hear anything bad. I notice the article includes this: Any term used disparagingly to a segment of the population is inherently negative. I can see how this will morph into discrimination next – like the blacks at the back of busses, gayists not being able to say they were ‘married’ and rapey XY chromosome ‘women’ incarcerated in female prisons. Shibusa December 6, 2017 at 11:12 am Being a snowflake is damaging to mental health bloke in spain December 6, 2017 at 11:13 am In other news, gather there’s been an Islamic terrorist plot to off Theresa May. Bloody pushy Muslims! Get to the back of the queue. Hallowed Be December 6, 2017 at 11:33 am Paul “I do wonder if the mental health stuff is more an example of # me too and similar herd behaviours.” Well when there’s an arms race for special treatment we shouldn’t be surprised mental health is now at the technological cutting edge. There is an almost infinite scope for diagnoses of one sort of another to be made and requirements and needs to be tacked on the back of them. I’m not suggesting that MH be not treated as a medical matter, and all power to the elbow of those treating disorders, but there needs to be a SALT treaty banning them from any discussion about rights, obligations and privileges. Rob December 6, 2017 at 11:42 am Being called a “snowflake” is damaging to mental health, young people say Thus neatly justifying the term. Bloke in North Dorset December 6, 2017 at 12:28 pm When I was young this sort of behaviour was met with a response of “grow up”. Our colleges and universities need their walls plastering with the phrase: “Reality doesn’t provide trigger warnings or safe spaces and you won’t get them here”. Mr Ecks December 6, 2017 at 12:42 pm “Any term used disparagingly to a segment of the population is inherently negative” Unless you are white of course when they can say what they like. DevonChap December 6, 2017 at 2:28 pm “Any term used disparagingly to a segment of the population is inherently negative” I was thinking the same thing. Calling right wing voters “selfish bastard Tories” would surely damage their mental health. As would spreading lies about their beliefs. And yet the same people who hold the view that disparaging them damages their mental health do that all the time. There seems to be a total absence of the idea of reciprocity or logical consistency. It’s a problem for the classical liberal who is concerned by those things. Tim Newman December 6, 2017 at 3:20 pm Is anyone really surprised at this? Most households I enter nowadays are run by the toddlers with the parents pandering to every demand for attention. I can only assume this has been going on for some time, and we are seeing the result of it. Rob December 6, 2017 at 4:11 pm There seems to be a total absence of the idea of reciprocity or logical consistency. It’s a problem for the classical liberal who is concerned by those things. Or for anyone vaguely rational. Pcar December 6, 2017 at 10:34 pm Coming soon: Describing someone as a “snowflake” deemed a Hate Crime CPS & Police include “dislike” as a valid definition of Hate Crime Appendix Z196 in filing cabinet in basement contains exemptions which include “Tory Scum”, “Nazi”, “Fascist”, dislike of Brexit supporters… polidorisghost December 7, 2017 at 1:53 am Below the line: “Did I read that right? Don’t call us snowflakes… because we are snowflakes?” Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.