As I keep attempting to converse with Max, human interaction is often about context. The Anchoress fusses on super-sensitivity, “snowflake students.” It seems it was one student, who had a personal problem with the sub-unit of rape in pagan mythology. She didn’t seem to get a satisfactory hearing from a professor, so she went to a student board instead.
Between the student, the professor, and the committee, who knows what really transpired. Context is everything. Dwelling on stories of forced sex may well inspire admiration for the use of language. But such a focus might also suggest the teacher has his or her own thing about sexuality.
I suppose if Ovid is telling a few hundred myths with artistry, one might ask why Daphne and Persephone might stand out. On the other hand, Greek/Roman mythology always seems to be about some major god having sex with willing or unwilling persons.
I’ve long observed Patheos Catholic channel does deal with sensitivity to its own snowflakes. Ms Scalia introduced a new blogger with the reassurance that the author would offer “a clear communication of what Catholicism actually teaches.” Because heaven or committee forbid, that a discussion on a Catholic site might ever raise more questions than it answers.
Maybe Ovid needs an advisory or a rating. Do stories of kidnap and forced sex constitute pornography, even if they have artistic merit? Do Catholic bloggers likewise need advisories and ratings? I wonder what warning the board would give about this website.
My premise is this: modern society, helped somewhat by the phenomenon of the blogosphere, has encouraged complaint. Lots of people feel empowered to fuss about things, and expect the offenses to be fixed. Even really minor trespasses. Catholics are really little different. And to be sure, complaint isn’t always bad. But I do think it takes discernment to judge when a complaint is like a snowflake–fleeting and blowing away–or like a heavy snowfall. Because sometimes it is important for a problem to be heard about. And even a small matter might need a single attentive listening before moving on.