An alarming rise in the number of students who feel uncomfortable has sparked a fierce debate on the use of trigger warnings on college media. To the layman, trigger warnings are special labels designed to denote offensive content that may “trigger” discomfort in certain people – mainly feminists.
Kay Moore, a feminist trauma survivor, spoke to journalists at a Washington DC protest. “College is not the place to challenge these women. Challenges are uncomfortable, and feeling uncomfortable means that they are being victimized.”
Moore, who once stubbed her toe “harder than you can imagine” and fell down a flight of stairs as a child, discovered that she was exhibiting symptoms of PTSD in a Gender Studies course her sophomore year of college.
“I checked WebMD to verify that I wasn’t crazy,” she said. “Now I know why I felt so anxious at frat parties.”
The concerning rise in the rate of PTSD among college females is largely attributted to a spike in the number of feminists who “just realized” they had the condition. The methodology for this upturn in diagnoses is rarely discussed, as doing so could be traumatizing.
Protecting young people from potentially triggering material has become a hot topic on university campuses. According to Everyday Feminism, some overlooked triggers include Alzheimers disease, “alcohol consumption” and discussion of traditional gender roles. It was even concluded that the word “trigger” itself was a trigger.
…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. –Brown, “Not Sure What…“
Considering the number of middle class college students who have suffered military violence in the United States, it is no wonder that the war against offensive imagery has become an issue of critical importance.
Some academics and scholars contend that trigger warnings are a byproduct of a growing culture of victimization, with progressives using self-diagnosed trauma disorders to censor access to information. No one can argue, however, that third wave feminists are feeling increasingly uncomfortable in academic environments.
“My history teacher doesn’t seem to realize that talking about Germany is one of my biggest triggers,” wrote one college student in an online forum. “He’s too privileged to even ask if I found his lessons appropriate.”