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Student activists demand payment for ’emotional labor’

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A bizarre new trend at one private Upstate New York College appears to have students calling for the campus community to compensate female activists for their “emotional labor.”

Based on a series of bizarre Facebook posts, a number of women at Sarah Lawrence College began soliciting donations in favor of students of color, in order to help ease the burden placed on them by other students.

“In honor of Women’s History Month, and the labor that women and femmes of color do for Sarah Lawrence every month of the year… Give your $ to Women & Femmes of Color,” the posts read in part.

The post goes on to list the Venmo accounts of several women of color who are students at the university and involved in the effort.

While the idea of paying a campus classmate cash for emotional trauma is extremely ludicrous, some students at Sarah Lawrence took strongly to the idea and became downright vitriolic when they didn’t receive donations.

“Also since W&FOC are still using our emotional labor to discuss this as nobody gives a shit about the systemic problems at this school, give your $$$,” said one disgruntled student via Facebook.  Another student was less frank, in her wording, posting “ PAY THEM BOTH! SERIOUSLY EVERYONE PAY BOTH … NOW!”

The idea that some students were being paid for their emotional trauma while others were not was clearly too much for some.

“A— A———, you are a F*CKING. HORRIBLE. PERSON. B*TCH. I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU. AT ALL. GOOD. I HOPE U CRY INTO UR PILLOW AT NIGHT LIKE Y’ALL MAKE WOMEN DO EVERYDAY. I HOPE U QUESTION UR REALITY AND I HOPE U CHECK BEHIND U WHEN U WALK PLACES,” another posted.

While this is certainly another example of hyper-partisan leftist outrage and indoctrination on a college campus, the financial aspect is equally as questionable.

Sarah Lawrence College is consistently ranked as one of the most expensive colleges in the United States, with students being asked to shell out upwards of $65,000 annually for tuition and room and board. In fact, as of 2017, it costs as much as $66,990 a year in fees. If students are begging of other students for money to use on personal expenditures, one must question what the college is spending all of the tuition fee payments on.

The Venmo payment post became popular a second time when a student was forced by the school’s administration to release a baby python, which she claimed she owned for therapeutic reasons. After she released the python on campus, students began to worry about the loose python. The same feminist activists slammed the worried students for being more upset about a loose python than they were about racism, rape culture, sexual assaults, and other hot button issues for the feminist crowd at Sarah Lawrence.


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