Hey U of Chicago: I’m an academic & survivor. I use trigger warnings in my classes. Here’s why.
E Price

Trigger warnings have been used for decades: remember those warnings on TV for “younger and more sensitive viewers”? I remember them from my childhood, and I’m 61 now. I didn’t think there was anything wrong with them then, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with them now. People who object to this so-called coddling are the same ones who abuse people and tell them they shouldn’t be so thin-skinned, people who don’t like having to watch what they say because their freedom to spew garbage feels good to them, no matter what effect it has on others (cue Mr. Trump). A trigger warning is not “I’m against ware so I don’t want to hear about Harry Truman’s justification for dropping The Bomb.” It is about “I was bombed in Aleppo and I still shake when I hear a car backfire, so please let me know if you’re going to show a film that has explosions in it so I’m ready.”

And Erika, I have a sensitivity to misspelling because I’m an editor. Check my trigger: millennial, not millenial. :-)

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