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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Feminists: Don't Clap, Use 'Jazz Hands'

A U.K. student feminism conference is asking attendees to refrain from clapping and use “jazz hands” instead so as to not trigger anxiety in others.

The National Union of Students (NUS) Women’s Campaign announced the clapping “ban” at the West Midlands conference on Twitter Tuesday, shortly after receiving a request from the Oxford University Women’s Campaign.

“@nuswomcam please can we ask people to stop clapping but do feminist jazz hands? it’s triggering some peoples’ anxiety. thank you!” Oxford representatives wrote.

Within five minutes, NUS tweeted: “Some delegates are requesting that we move to jazz hands rather than clapping, as it’s triggering anxiety. Please be mindful! #nuswomen15.”

The tweets received a wave of criticism and mockery by people who argued political correctness has run amok, Twitchy first reported.

Delegates told BBC’s Newsbeat that jazz hands are “a nice way to show solidarity.”

“Jazz hands are used throughout NUS in place of clapping as a way to show appreciation of someone’s point without interrupting or causing disturbance, as it can create anxiety,” said Nona Buckley-Irvine, general secretary at the London School of Economics Students’ Union.



Anonymous said...

When you stop and really think about it, clapping is a strange custom. "I like what you said so much I will drown out further speech with the sound of my meat mittens colliding repeatedly."

lmclain said...

If clapping hands creates "anxiety" in some individuals, then its safe to say they have a WHOLE LOT more problems than "anxiety".
Their biggest problem is thinking the world revolves around their "anxieties" and that everyone must "adapt" to make sure THEIR world is complete and utterly free of anything that might cause them to shed a tear.
We are in so deep with political correctness that we are afraid to call BS on even the most idiotic of statements.
Maybe they could arrange for my electric bill to not come to me anymore. THAT is causing me some "anxiety", believe that.

Anonymous said...

Feminism is a political hoax.

Anonymous said...

yeah, try to pull that whole "Jazz Hands" thing and the next WiHi graduation and see what happens!