I (Matt Palumbo) used to sarcastically remark that as a victim of gun violence, I’m triggered by trigger warnings. The social justice warriors of today truly are beyond parody, as they’ve actually taken such complaints seriously.
The website Everyday Feminism encourages readers to “transform their lives through feminism,” — which deeeeeefinitely isn’t cultish at all. In an essay published on the site in July titled, “When You Oppose Trigger Warnings, You’re Really Saying These 8 Things,” they include an editor’s note which explains, “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.”
Now if only someone can find something “triggering” (sorry —
trigger content warning for using that word) about the phrase “content warning,” I’ll be thrilled to know what they come up with next.
Aside from the fact that there isn’t a single shred of evidence that trigger warnings actually help victims of trauma (and a body of evidence suggesting they do just the opposite), what’s considered “triggering” has become a laughing stock. I can understand trigger warnings for victims of sexual and physical abuse, but that’s hardly all they’re used for. It’s not uncommon to see trigger warnings for “fatphobia,” “imperialism,” “racism,” anti-feminism,” “mental illness,” and a number of other topics.
The University of Chicago sent out a letter to incoming freshman that their University will be a safe space-free campus that won’t censor discussion and debate, and they’re not the only ones fed up with the creeping fascism on college campuses.Via The Daily Caller:
A professor at Auburn University is ridiculing the rising popularity of “trigger warnings” on college campuses by releasing a course syllabus that includes trigger warnings for concepts like math and grades.Peter Schwartz teaches mechanical engineering at Auburn, and he does not like trigger warnings. So, he decided to mock them by putting them into his utterly inoffensive introductory mechanics course.
At the top of his newly-released syllabus, in bright red, Schwartz warns students “TRIGGER WARNING: physics, trigonometry, sine, cosine, tangent, vector, force, work, energy, stress, quiz, grade.”
“I think trigger warnings are a joke to begin with and I wanted to see what one might look like in an engineering course,” Schwartz told Al.com in an email. “Looks kind of silly, doesn’t it? [That’s] because it is.”
Schwartz also said that he normally doesn’t places jokes in his syllabi, political or otherwise, but was feeling particularly “mischievous” while creating this year’s syllabus and threw it in on a lark.
Professors who unironically issue trigger warnings might as well save themselves the ink and list one trigger; reality.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]