There are some good points here, and it’s a wonderfully written piece, but speaking as someone with…
Karrin Jackson
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Thank you for saying this! What I find most concerning about people who bash trigger warnings and the concept of safe spaces (as seen in the comments to your post) is that the overall point is to tell people with PTSD and other people who actually need trigger warnings and safe spaces that unless they are able to communicate or internalize concepts the way that other people do they are not welcome in the discourse. Even the idea of saying that your safe space is your home is to say that you are not welcome in discourse or in social movements that, supposedly, are meant to help uplift you. Safe spaces and trigger warnings are not meant to shelter people from the scary world. They are meant to accommodate so that everyone can have a role and a voice. It’s not censorship. If we truly want to be revolutionary and want to uplift the marginalized then we can’t ignore their needs. Telling someone with PTSD that they just have to, in effect, suck it up if they want to have a voice or participate is patronizing and it feeds into the exact issue that this author is talking about where you have people talking from ivory towers as opposed to caring about the real struggles that real people face. So let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water when we talk about trigger warnings and safe spaces because by doing that we send a message that people that need trigger warnings or safe spaces are not welcome.

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