A New York Times opinion piece claims that speech which hurts one’s feelings equates to violence.

In an article titled When Is Speech Violence? the author tries to conflate mental anguish and a case of hurt feelings with actual physical violence.

The author claims that the physical symptoms of stress induced by speech you don’t agree with can have a physiological impact upon you.

The piece goes on to argue that if you’re causing someone chronic stress that you’re going to shrink their telomeres and cause their cytokines to make them sick.

So, trolls beware, you’re causing your victims to be physically sick – and shortening their lives – just by upsetting them.

The article concludes by saying that people like Milo Yiannopoulos are actually committing violence with their terrible hate speech and that they should be kept from college campuses.

Leave my cytokines alone, bigot! From the article:

Your body’s immune system includes little proteins called proinflammatory cytokines that cause inflammation when you’re physically injured.

Under certain conditions, however, these cytokines themselves can cause physical illness. What are those conditions? One of them is chronic stress.

You’re shrinking muh telomeres:

Your body also contains little packets of genetic material that sit on the ends of your chromosomes. They’re called telomeres. Each time your cells divide, their telomeres get a little shorter, and when they become too short, you die. This is normal aging. But guess what else shrinks your telomeres? Chronic stress.

Types of speech (the offensive kind) are basically the same thing as violence:

If words can cause stress, and if prolonged stress can cause physical harm, then it seems that speech — at least certain types of speech — can be a form of violence.

According to the article we need to ban speakers based on whether or not they trigger people:

The scientific findings I described above provide empirical guidance for which kinds of controversial speech should and shouldn’t be acceptable on campus and in civil society. In short, the answer depends on whether the speech is abusive or merely offensive.

This is apparently why we need to use trigger warnings and beware of microaggressions:

“Trigger warnings” are based on a similar principle: that discussions of certain topics will trigger, or reproduce, past trauma — as opposed to merely challenging or discomfiting the student. The same goes for “microaggressions.”

So, because of cytokines and telomeres and microaggressions, let’s ban MILO!

That’s why it’s reasonable, scientifically speaking, not to allow a provocateur and hatemonger like Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at your school. He is part of something noxious, a campaign of abuse. There is nothing to be gained from debating him, for debate is not what he is offering.

MILO, not only DANGEROUS, but also violent:

By all means, we should have open conversations and vigorous debate about controversial or offensive topics. But we must also halt speech that bullies and torments. From the perspective of our brain cells, the latter is literally a form of violence.

Watch MILO eviscerate the media and – according to The New York Times – actually shorten their lives.

Source:
The New York Times

  • And here again is where the de-personing by the left of those who dare to disagree with them comes into play. If you’re not useful to the left, you lose your personhood status and your being offended doesn’t matter; whereas a precious snowflake being offended matters bigtime and can get you sent to the gulag.

  • Paul

    Idiocy causes me tremendous stress. How do I go about being charges against the idiots assaulting me?

    Does that mean that pessimists are self harming? Should they be put into a coma for their own safety?

    • Jonathan Duncan

      yes

    • el_uro

      Kill ’em all. Only ammo shortage may be a problem

    • Deo Fayte

      Clearly the only reasonable solution is to ban speaking altogether. The spoken word becomes illegal so that there’s no chance of accidentally offending someone with those deadly deadly words.

  • susan ryan

    thank God the founding fathers didn’t know this; we would never have gotten a completed Constitution what with all the triggering involved.

  • Alias Darker

    that article picture made me laugh . killed by 4chan 🙂

  • Keith Benedict

    Depending upon your perspective and personal politics, ANY comment can trigger stress. Does that mean nobody can talk any more? Or is it just conservative commentators?

  • Scott Schwerdfeger

    So I just did a little reading. The only thing that shortens telomeres is oxidative stress, which is not caused by stress. Funny how a little research can prove someone wrong

    • Nohbody

      You mean the science is… settled?

      >:>

      • Scott Schwerdfeger

        I’m not going to say anything is concrete, but when all the information points to the same thing, I’m going agree until evidence, actual tested and plausible evidence is provided to show me otherwise

        • Nohbody

          Which is a rational position to have.

          Mostly I was poking fun at one of the memes of the left regarding “science”.

  • EyeVey

    This is the where the dictatorial, anti choice stance of the left when it comes to word choice of the left —-becomes blatantly obvious.

    They desire control of EVERYTHING.

  • djmc993150

    Doesn’t this mean the NYT as well as any other media should be banned from being published / printed / aired? As I can dredge up any number of people who would be stressed by any and all media.
    So why is he working for a medium that does exactly what he wants banned?

    • James

      Only liberal feelings count, obviously.
      If the propaganda is stressing and not soothing you, it’s a sign you’re not in the right state of mental submission.

  • Jane Wilson

    I grew up with the ‘sticks and stones’ attitude and I still live by it. These morons need to grow some skin or go back to mommy.

  • Nohbody

    On today’s episode of “You Fail Science Forever…”

  • GB66

    If you, as an individual, feel that someone else’s speech is hazardous to your health then it is your responsibility to GO AWAY!

  • Aitch748 the Дeplorable

    So I can go out and shoot a leftist and tell the sheriff that he hurt my feelings and that I was just acting in self-defense? Good to know.

    I don’t think the leftists are going to like it once the rest of us start adapting to the whole “speech is violence” idea.

  • Audrey Thomas

    That’s rich: a leftist using the first amendment to complain about people using the first amendment.

  • Rob Patriot

    Okay, I can do that too. If ANTIFA is socialist/anarchist, and those are Leftists philosophies, and ANTIFA is violent, then the whole left is violent. Violence is a threat to our lives, therefore all Democrats and Leftists should be hung.

    YOU. CHOSE. TO. LISTEN. You didn’t have to listen. YOU. CHOSE. TO. STRESS. Stop blaming people for choices you made.

  • A V_8000

    I don’t understand this, all these people they do know they’re mortal they’re going to die someday isn’t that scarier that say WORDS?!!?

  • kamenetz

    Obviously, the libturds are still children and will never grow up. Words don’t hurt, physical violence does… I got a CCW for the 2nd part, the 1st I can ignore.

  • Robert A’Beuy

    So basically, armed with a proper insult book, we could cause mass genocide in safe zones.

  • Danlantic

    “Vigorous debate”?????? How would that go? As I wondered I thought of I Led 3 Lives by Philbrick in which he described how Communist cells had political discussions. The way that worked, the moderator would declare a conclusion and each member in turn would paraphrase it.

  • P’tit P’tate

    “From the perspective of our brain cells, the latter is literally a form of violence.”

    From the perspective of your whatnow?

  • Jennifer Robinson

    NY Times writers, your speech and articles hurt my feeling deeply. Ban them!!! They are violent !!!

  • Ocelot006 .

    Any speech is liable to hurt someone’s feelings so I guess….bye speech in which case bye bye New York Fucking Times!!!

  • Rekt

    When words are equal to actual violence the left will become more violent.
    And the rest of us will respond in kind. The left is done when that becomes a reality.

  • Mike

    His obscene article trying to shut down free speech, caused me great stress. I think I should sue him for trying to endanger my life.

  • SJW_Skeptic

    Pandering to Victimhood causes me distress as does a lack of logic. Time for Darwinian selection to be allowed to remove the grievance collectors from the gene pool.

  • ytuque

    If this were true, Lena Dunham and Rosie O’Donnell would be dead.

  • Heywood Jablowme

    The telomeres part sounded just the same as a product ad on infowars, dna force? Are the sjws biting Alex’s sales pitch? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c2b1526a1e79231acfa650a2ea3c19413911aa3d6a6d820ebf1b9f5f614763f3.jpg