Hold Your Applause, Please

Instead of clapping, start snapping. It’s called ‘snapplause.’

No really. And it’s triggering women anxieties, sending them running for their safe spaces.

It began when Britain’s National Union of Students, who were holding a conference on women’s issues, when someone tweeted, “Some delegates are requesting that we move to jazz hands rather than clapping, as it’s triggering anxiety. Please be mindful!”

Now Amherst professor Ilan Stavans, who teaches Latin American and Latino culture, is backing up that claim, saying “Finger-snapping is done delicately, respectfully, democratically, always in the middle of an event, whereas hand-clapping, which is by definition louder and more disruptive, is invariably reserved for the end. Also, finger-snapping, when done this way, always lasts, in totto, only a few seconds and is generally repeated three times in a row.”

Can someone please explain why clapping is a trigger, because I don’t get it?

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