Nice work, Susannah Breslin. Really.
So, here’s the deal with trigger warnings: They’re primarily used on feminist blogs on posts about sexual assault, and they just let people who have survived trauma know that the post may contain violent or disturbing commentary or imagery that they might want to avoid. Because the reality is, some rape survivors have post-traumatic stress issues which may be triggered by reading about sexual assault. Or maybe readers want to be able to go home and have sex without thinking about the rape post they just read which reminded them of their own rape, or maybe they don’t want to be reminded again that someone thinks this was their fault, or maybe they have a lot to do at work and don’t have time for a panic attack at their desk, or maybe they just don’t want to have their days ruined. Trigger warnings allow readers to evaluate that for themselves. So feminist bloggers put up trigger warnings as a basic human courtesy. I’d rather not do psychological damage to someone or inhibit someone’s recovery from sexual assault. And it’s pretty easy to just throw in the words “trigger warning.” So I do, because, why not? It is also pretty easy to skip over those words if you think that trigger warnings are silly.
You know what is much less easy than just skipping over trigger warnings? Writing a whole post about how feminists are just angry and we hate men and and haha rape victims are just easily upset, those babies. That is not only less easy, it is also intentionally malicious, cruel and actually significantly sillier than trigger warnings, which I understand many people think are kind of silly or condescending, but which most detractors manage to just bypass, because those people are adults about these things. Because really, what kind of asshole is like, “I would prefer that rape survivors, many of whom have requested trigger warnings on feminist blog posts about rape for this very reason, experience PTSD than for me to be inconvenienced for 1/2 of a second by having to read the words ‘trigger warning’ on a feminist blog, because those two words annoy me”?
Yesterday I would have said, “No one is that big of an asshole! Well probably someone is, but I would imagine they would keep it to themselves, or at least leave it on the Men’s Rights blogs.” Today I am proven wrong.
Now, we know that Susannah Breslin and feminism are not the best of friends. Fine. We will go on with our man-hating selves, and you, S, can go on harping on the feminists who type two words in a tiny effort to make life a little bit easier on sexual assault survivors (you know, those people who are “easily upset” and might “freak the fuck out”). Definitely keep using your platform to focus on the really good and important stuff, like telling rape survivors to quit being such whiney titty-babies. I think Gandhi said that once.
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