For John, BLUF: For those who tend to swoon, everything can be upsetting. We are back to the deep Victorian Era. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Mr Ed Driscoll, a substitute blogger over at Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds' blog InstaPundit, gives us this update on "Trigger Warnings", from National Review, noting that the correct term is "Content Warning", as "Trigger" can be traumatizing of and in itself.
From the Blog Post:
Well, it’s all come full-circle. According to the Feminist Internet, the phrase “trigger warning” is now in itself also a trigger.I wonder if "Button Warnings" are out, since that is what served as a "trigger" for the famed eight gun Spitfires of Battle of Britain fame?
The blog Everyday Feminism recently re-published an article explaining the idea of “trigger warnings” to those of us who are not as culturally literate and sensitive as they are, and began it with the following disclaimer: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.”
Lets face it, with this kind of thing, it is triggers all the way down.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff