On Trigger Warnings

… I do not believe in using trigger warnings because that feels like the unnecessary segregation of students from reality, which is complex and sometimes difficult.

Rather than use trigger warnings, I try to provide students with the context they will need to engage productively in complicated discussions…..

The Seduction of Safety, on Campus and Beyond

The point of trigger warnings was to create that context. Some of us might need to tackle that subject in therapist’s room. Some might be able to come at it sideways through text rather than through the manipulative lens of cinematography.

And perhaps that context wouldn’t be as necessary if we didn’t live in the age of the rickroll, the shock-porn link, the use of gratuitous “kick the puppy” violence in screenplays, and the screamer video.

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