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

Thanks for clarifying trigger warnings for me. I think that what anti-TW people have issues with is the idea that students expect or are entitled to TWs even if the professor doesn’t want to provide them. Probably a straw-man argument or edge-case (as most TWs are probably voluntarily provided) but interesting to consider I guess. If you agree with the consumer-model of higher education then it definitely makes sense that students should have that right.

Tangentially related to TWs are safe spaces. I think I struggle the most with this idea. I really like what you said about wanting students to interact with the wider community from a place of emotional strength. Definitely in my personal experience I have an easier time learning and enjoying intellectual discussion when I’m not struggling emotionally. However, it also seems to me that whether your ‘safe space’ is defined by ethnicity, gender-identity, hobby, etc. it is really easy to stay within that ‘safe space’. Personally, I definitely could have been better exposed to people of different socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, and interests but I chose to be in what felt more comfortable. The tension between emotional security and the benefits of being exposed to diversity is what I find most challenging with safe spaces.

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