Trigger Warnings: It’s About Empathy and Choice

I’m reblogging this as I didn’t know about trigger warnings until I started reading blogs and joining FB groups that dealt with some pretty hard topics. I don’t understand why you wouldn’t use them, if it could spare someone some pain? Rosie has done a great job explaining what they are and how to use them.

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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