Viewer discretion is advised: debates about Trigger Warnings in academia

Originally published at charlatan.ca
Re-published at rabble.ca
Co-written with Zoe Chong.

The following program contains mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.Stack-of-Caution-Books

It’s a phrase we’ve seen and heard growing up, in movies and shows, warning us that questionable material may be ahead. However, a new kind of warning has extended to the world of academia—one that is given for much more serious reasons.

The use of trigger warnings in classrooms is growing as campuses attempt to create more accepting spaces. Trigger warnings originated in the feminist blogosphere to caution graphic descriptions of sexual violence, and they have migrated to university campuses.

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