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

Dr. Price, my concern is that trigger warnings will be required for topics beyond what you’ve mentioned in your article. That the argument is used for anything any individual may deem objectionable.

In one of the comments, you correctly point out we can’t truly know what effects a person or how their experience is unique. I worry that trigger warnings would be required for politically or religiously objectionable content.

As a biology teacher, should I be required to have a trigger warning before the chapters on evolution or climate change? A student may find those topics objectionable and choose not to participate. But, I would argue that the student would ultimately lack a complete understanding of biology. Considering that political beliefs are often arbitrary and fluid, one can imagine that nearly any topic could “require” a trigger warning.

My argument is that while trigger warnings are a tool that can clearly be used for a student’s benefit, they can too easily be used to a student’s detriment and too easily be manipulated for censorship.

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