A dingbat leftist attempted to defend Generation Snowflake, and ended up proving why the “snowflake” label fits them perfectly. The reason modern children (and these are “children” in their twenties and thirties) need “safe spaces” is because… this is her actual argument… they can’t cope with the ordinary realities of life (and if you tell them to just buck up and deal with it you are…. because this is the Go-To tactic of the social left for everything — going to cause teenagers to commit suicide).
There’s the pressure to look attractive, the pressure to succeed at school, the pressure to be popular, the pressure to get a job, to get a home. If I were growing up now, I’d be terrified. I was pretty terrified in the 1970s, when I’d no idea how much more demanding and complex life was going to get. Are children wrong to feel these pressures? Can any parent honestly tell them that none of it matters and that life has a way of turning out OK?
No other generation has felt pressure to be attractive, succeed, get a job, and find a home? Parents are wrong to tell their kids that things are going to work out? SRSLY? Not only did previous generations manage to do these things, they did them with “Safe Spaces” filled with coloring books, teddy bears, and Play-Doh. Previous generations could actually cope with hosting campus speakers whose opinions they disagreed with, or elections that didn’t turn out the way they wanted.
The reason we call them “snowflakes” is because they have been taught since they were tiny children that they were all unique and special. but the word also commutates something so delicate it is destroyed by the slight bit of heat or pressure. It fits the generation of participation trophies and safe space perfectly.
It’s also because we’re too nice to go around calling them “p*ssies.”