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

For decades, the increasingly-discredited ivory tower mentality of academia has claimed persecution from (usually socially progressive) forces, starting with the demon of *gasp* political correctness in the 90’s. Today, it is no different, but now it has taken on a much more insidious form. Taking a cue from the neo-fascist and neo-reactionary “anti-SJW/’gater/redpill” movement, right-leaning academia has found a term they could finally latch onto and demonize without knowing the full implications behind it. By subsuming the experiences of trauma survivors and commonly-victimized groups (exemplified by TWs and Safe Spaces respectively, but not exclusively so) under the (TBH made-up if not exaggerated) phenomenon of “PC persecution”, they are sending a message to those people that their experiences don’t matter — only ours do. Which is the perfect way to describe (TW: characterization that white men might take offense to……………………………….)white male supremacy. (There — I warned you.)

I had known friends who were survivors, and they taught me the proper use of trigger warnings. I could respect, empathize, and sympathize, but it was not until I endured trauma myself that I realized how important they were.

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