I appreciate that you come at this as a trauma survivor and that you have your own take on this that is informed by that. But trauma responses and symptom management needs are very personal, and disability accommodations should be tailored to a student’s specific experience. A deaf student should be provided a sign-language interpreter, but a hard of hearing student with a hearing aide might not need ASL interpretation. But putting an ASL interpreter in the classroom, visible though they may be to the whole class, is not impinging on anyone’s rights, giving anyone an unfair advantage, or getting in anyone’s way. So too a brief TW. I provide them for the students who need them or benefit from them; everyone else can ignore them with ease. (Or use them! You don’t have to be a trauma survivor to want a warning about gore or rape).

My use of TW’s represents the statistical norm. Look at the data I linked to in my piece. It was gathered by a large anti-censorship organization. In nearly no place in this country are trigger warnings required, and virtually no one is using trigger warnings to silence challenging viewpoints. How would that even work? That’s a serious question. I can’t even conjure how providing a quick heads up about content could be used to silence somebody’s perspective.

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