Caution: Jackass ahead (set coffee down, and move all breakables out of reach)
Saying “trigger warning” is, itself, a “trigger.”
Editors Note: Like this phenomenal article, Everyday Feminism definitely believes in giving people a heads up about material that might provoke our reader’s trauma. However, we use the phrase “content warning” instead of “trigger warning,” as the word “trigger” relies on and evokes violent weaponry imagery. This could be re-traumatizing for folks who have suffered military, police, and other forms of violence. So, while warnings are so necessary and the points in this article are right on, we strongly encourage the term “content warning” instead of “trigger warning.”
trigger content warning
The content warning below uses the word “trigger” twice, so those of you who can’t handle the word “trigger” should not read further, although you’ll miss the discussion about what triggering is. The article also used the word “trigger” three times in the above Editors Note. Oh, and I used it twice in my introduction and four more times in this trigger warning. Five, five times in this, uhm, content warning.
Content Warning: This article discusses triggering in detail and mentions common topics of triggering ….
Yeah, I know, the whole “I’m a snowflake, and the world is scary, and you should all be nice to me” thing is gettin’ old;
but it’s not without entertainment value. Consider the following quote:
One thing I have noticed since becoming susceptible to triggering is that not many people understand how it works. This is understandable – triggering is something that’s difficult to comprehend unless you’ve experienced it yourself. However, I find this lack of understanding problematic …. [story via National Review]
I, uh, understand.
[backs slowly away avoiding eye contact]
Sure, you can read the whole article if you want, buuut I don’t recommend it.
One more? You want one more quote?
M’kay-ayy, but I’m warrrning’ youuu …
What Sorts of Things Can Be Triggers?
Anything. Absolutely anything.
if absolutely anything can be a trigger, then everything needs a content warning, therefore nothing does.
Ergo, trigger/content warnings are self-defeating and illogical. QED
Of course, you couuuld teach and expect people to “Deal with it” and friggin’ cope with reality like adults.
… or keep takin’ their meds.
Aside: perhaps some of you have noticed a similarity, here, between using the words “trigger” and “Jehovah.”