Trigger Warnings: It’s About Empathy and Choice

Because I can’t even pick just one part to love the most to quote and i can’t say this better than Rosie already has … THIS is the the post to read to put that whole New Republic fuckery into proper perspective. And if you need further validation for why in the world we need trigger warnings, here are a few vintage SCS posts on the subject: one, two, three.

Make Me a Sammich

Trigger warning for multiple topics*.
EMPATHYsmI am super irritated that I have to write this. That I feel like I have to write it today, right now, because not only did a concern-trolling article come out in the New Republic a couple of days ago, but people were already complaining about trigger warnings as though they were some kind of censorship (some even using the word). As though the people using or benefiting from them were proposing banning words or ideas. As though we want our world scrubbed clean of all references to traumatic topics. This is not remotely the case, and I feel the need to clarify for anyone who’s listening and isn’t sure they get it. 

What’s a trigger warning? The top Urban Dictionary entry does a fairly good job of defining them:

Used to alert people when an internet post, book, article, picture, video, audio clip, or…

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