Persuasive Essay On Trigger Warnings

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Everyone is supposed to go to college. Very few people find it personally and occupationally fulfilling to flip burgers for a living, so many opt for higher education. You get to leave the nest, meet new people, and have new experiences. The fallout from these experiences is exactly what this paper is going to talk about. Not everyone’s background is the same and some people are just dealt a bad hand, emotionally and psychologically. For these people, seeing and hearing things that most people would look at as being unpleasant, and coming from the minds of dead people that lived thousands of years, can bring trauma and embarrassment when mixed with the right circumstances. At Colombia University in New York, situations like these are being addressed by a call for “Trigger Warnings.” Trigger warnings, according to are “a stated warning that the content of a text, video, etc., may upset or offend some people, especially those who have previously experienced a related trauma.” These kinds of warning have proponents and opponents on both sides…show more content…
There are some very good reasons why you might want to ditch the idea of using trigger warnings. The biggest issue being that if you are being triggered by something in a college level class, you don’t need the school to step up and take care of you, you should be going to therapy. The class reading by Sarah Roff told us that one of the hallmarks of PTSD is avoidance. For example, if you’ve had something so traumatic happen you that you get PTSD from it, you’ll go out of your way to avoid situations that remind you of that event. By offering a trigger warning, the school becomes complicit in fostering an environment that makes it easier to not seek treatment. On these grounds it becomes a moral issue. The world can be a terrible place and if you are in no shape to be looking at parts of it, you should take some time off until you are ready for
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