Writer Lisa Feldman Barrett wrote an op-ed called “When Is Speech Violence?” that claimed “noxious campaigns of abuse” can produce long-term stress reactions that shorten telomeres, the parts of a chromosome that affect aging.
“If you spend a lot of time in a harsh environment worrying about your safety,” Barrett writes, “that’s the kind of stress that brings on illness and remodels your brain.”
Barrett looked into trigger warnings, and contrasted the disowned conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopolous, whom she accused as being the head of a “noxious campaign of abuse,” with the political scientist Charles Murray, mentioning his arguments that DNA could explain the achievement gap.
We don’t want to inundate you with noxious campaigns of abuse, and so won’t blockquote the piece here. But despite not being a #scientist, the Buckster is planning on hitting this topic hard tonight, so tune in…
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NY Times editorial: yeah, speech does equal violence.