Students told to wave ‘jazz hands’ at conference speakers – because whooping and clapping might be too scary

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 at 8:27 am

Young student union activists have asked other conference delegates to wave with ‘jazz hands’ instead of clapping or cheering speakers in case it ‘triggers anxiety’ among nervous members.
Hundreds were asked to wave in silence because other people found ‘whooping’ to be ‘super inaccessible’.
The request was made at the National Union of Students’ annual Women’s Conference in Solihull, West Midlands, which started yesterday.
NUS Women’s Campaign tweeted: ‘Whooping is fun for some, but can be super inaccessible for others, so please try not to whoop! Jazz hands work just as well.’
They then followed that with: ‘Some delegates are requesting that we move to jazz hands rather than clapping, as it’s triggering anxiety. Please be mindful! #nuswomen15’.
Critics have said the messages had ‘damaged feminism’.
Tara Hewitt tweeted: ‘This damages real equality nothing from conference will make a difference today but “jazz hands” nonsense damaged feminism’.
Others lampooned the instructions online.
@JLat55 tweeted: ‘Open palms can be triggering. Well, so can closed ones… you should just ban any outward expression of approval.’
The suggestions got more ridiculous and ironic with @BookGeek-T tweeting: ‘@nuswomcam @Little-G2 hi, jazz hands can be triggering because of the quick movement of the hands. I vote blinking rapidly instead. Thanks’.
Despite the jokes the NUS has said that it is important that they are inclusive.

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One Response to “Students told to wave ‘jazz hands’ at conference speakers – because whooping and clapping might be too scary”

  1. Flight-ER-Doc on 27/27/15 at 8:39 pm

    Sorry, but petulant demands that I change behavior that is mainstream society normal is just an attempt to exert power and domination over me.

    I don’t have to tolerate it, and I won’t. If mainstream behavior is so distressing to these people, then they should withdraw themselves from society.