Hey U of Chicago: I’m an academic & survivor. I use trigger warnings in my classes. Here’s why.
E Price
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Thank you for this, I completely agree with you. After all I’ve been through, if someone can give me a heads up, particularly in an environment where I’m learning, I appreciate it because it gives me a choice. It shows me respect, concern and acknowledgement that I’m fighting a battle within myself that you may never see, and that it is a valid concern. It shows support and lets me know that there is someone who’s willing to help me, even if just in a small way. It says, hey, I know you’re healing from this hurt, so continue to heal.
 
To everyone that say, life doesn’t come with trigger warning, I get that, I really do. However, I also usually have the choice to walk away, put the book down, change the channel, ignore an article, and do whatever I can when I know that reading/seeing/hearing such things will cause me problems. Yes, there will be times it comes up unexpected, but every moment that I can choose to face it on my own terms, means that I will have developed a means to cope in those situations. I will know and understand my triggers better, so that I will have control in a situation that I otherwise would not have. 
The trauma I have been through in my life, affects every single aspect of my life. I have a feeling that most people who are against it and think that it’s coddling have been lucky enough to never experience such trauma, or they were able overcome it for whatever reason. While I’m glad for that, I honestly am because I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, I also wish to say that you shouldn’t judge people for needing trigger warning, particularly for something that you cannot understand.
So yes, thank you Doctor Price for standing up for those who need it, and for the amazing work you already do for your students.

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