I have read several articles lately about this topic that I didn’t agree with — that is, people (educated, intelligent people) are saying that trigger warnings constitute censorship. Sarah clearly explains in her post just how that is not the case. I found myself nodding along with nearly every sentence, and I hope that you will click on to read Sarah’s full article. I rarely reblog, almost never actually, but this one really struck me.
It seems that the topic of trigger warnings has recently exploded through the internet and beyond, and I have to say I have been somewhat concerned about a lot of the things I’ve been reading. It seems like there are some big discrepancies about what people think the point of a trigger warning is, so I’m hoping I can shed a little light here.
First, what is a “trigger warning”?
A “trigger warning” is when someone makes a conscientious effort to label content as something that could potentially trigger episodes associated with mental illness and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). As far as content on the internet is concerned, this tag is usually provided by the creator of the writing or video associated with it.
Are “trigger warnings” considered censorship?
No. Censorship is the suppression of words, images, or ideas that are “offensive”. In the situations where a “trigger warning” tag is being…
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