Stop shaming trigger/content warnings

Michea B
3 min readJan 11, 2022

We’ve all heard or seen the lines before mocking trigger and content warnings such as, “Life doesn’t come with trigger warnings! Grow up and stop being so sensitive!” when the topic comes up for discussion. Generally there’s also a meme or several thrown around of women with upset or enraged expressions that have been picked out from a video to maximize the memefication of the so-called “triggered liberal/woman/what have you.” We’re told we’re weak or that “back in [person’s] day nothing had trigger warnings” and we need to “grow a pair.”

Ok, first off, what’s wrong with being sensitive and caring about others as well as your own wellbeing? We are a social species and have survived this long by ensuring the wellbeing and safety of those around us. It’s only been in recent history that the shift has been toward individualism (or social atomization) and away from community (brought about mostly through settler colonialism/imperialism) and those who remain focused on their communities are often shunned. Caring for the wellbeing of others is seen as a weakness in Western countries unless there is a specific reason behind it, such as a familial obligation or a romantic partnership, when in the past it was understood that the community could only survive if everyone’s needs were met.

We appear to be in a culture these days when the idea of thinking of others when we act is an infringement on our “freedoms” (especially in the USA), whether it be in dealing with the COVID pandemic or letting someone know that what you plan on talking about might be a topic that could cause distress. We tell people to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps (a phrase that doesn’t mean what people think it means) when they reach out for help navigating an increasingly hostile world, or tell them that we had it hard, so why should they have it easier?

The point of progressing as a society is to make it easier/more accessible for the next generation, but we seem to have forgotten that. You want it to be easier/better for your kid(s)/the next generation, that is why you fought so hard for what you have.

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Michea B

Queer|Pronouns he/they. Owner of Illuminatus Design. Degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies (GSWS, Psychology, English) & Theology (M:Div)