Warning! Trigger Warning! Warning About That Trigger…
A Bad Joke
The internet used to be a rough and tumble place filled with danger, memes, and shocking images. AIM chatrooms and IRC chats were uncharted digital waters; it might be a fellow teenager or someone your grandpa’s ages trying to get in touch with the youth culture. 4Chan and Reddit could still be used as a pleasant shock to confirm to your parents snooping on your browser history that you were indeed being corrupted by contemptible basement dwelling peers.
Since then some have sought to brought order to that Wild West of devious trolling minds. In the last decade we have embraced this odd new idea of “safe spots” in not just where our home page lies, but where we surf, the social media feeds we receive.
Just recently I was appropriately – or inappropriately – given a firm tongue lashing on Facebook for a status remarking my enjoyment of the humor behind a recent Bill Burr standup in which he mentioned a joke he had seen at a restaurant, “We like our beer like our violence; domestic.” Considering the kind of humor I enjoy, I thought this was rather tame. (On that subject, be careful. Even being a Muslim and poking fun at “Trigger Warnings” might not save you from the wrath of SJWs.)
I had just committed one those terrible internet sins of offending someone. Well fuck me, I don’t know how I’ll cope. Now apparently, anything offensive – that could literally be anything these days – needs a trigger warning less the innocent childlike minds of passive observers suffer a PTSD like reaction to the content. But I wouldn’t have given this subject as much thought had a big deal not been made. All good conversations and provoking thought processes start through humor – apparently at someone’s expense.
Invading The Campus
This wouldn’t be as big a deal if were just simply limited to social media. However, it’s started to make its way into our universities – the places where we are supposed to branch out from our sheltered existences on the rural farm and realize how the real world works at a place at an institution of higher learning. Examine Oberlin University, which in a shocking turn of event’s and mass criticism threw the below wisdom out the window.
So what advice did Oberlin have for professors whose course material might contain potential “triggers”? In a section entitled “Understand triggers, avoid unnecessary triggers, and provide trigger warnings” (authors’ emphasis), the guide asked professors to “remove triggering material when it does not contribute directly to the course learning goals” and to “[i]ssue a trigger warning” when such material could not be eliminated altogether.
Notice that the professors were asked to remove trigger material. Think of the implications. Are we not going to talk about murder, rape, and genocide in history classes because they could be triggering? How far will/can we go? I guess we should ignore the Armenian genocide and not talk about it because the topic could make students feel uncomfortable or adhering to certain Holocaust deniers in which the subject might make them feel uncomfortable. Got to be tolerant to everyone right?
Oberlin would go farther to indicate what else could could be considered “triggering.
Amazingly, Oberlin also noted that “[a]nything could be a trigger—a smell, song, scene, phrase, place, person, and so on.”
That essentially means that almost every possible space on campus could be considered triggering. The smell of fresh vegetables at the cafeteria could be triggering. What happens when it’s applied to serious topics?
Harvard for example has many students actually request that professors avoid teaching about the law regarding topics like rape. Yea, that’s right – Harvard.
Individual students often ask teachers not to include the law of rape on exams for fear that the material would cause them to perform less well. One teacher I know was recently asked by a student not to use the word “violate” in class—as in “Does this conduct violate the law?”—because the word was triggering. Some students have even suggested that rape law should not be taught because of its potential to cause distress.
We could have an entire generation of lawyers who aren’t versed in certain fields of law because of just how triggering the topics are. Apply that to other uncomfortable topics and the implications are troubling. Since when did college – or any place of “higher” learning become a center for universities to treat students like children instead of adults? Disgusting. Colleges need to ignore students who call for things like this, Trigger warnings should always be implemented, and force students to investigate all uncomfortable subjects thoroughly. It’s called learning in the real world.
The Uncomfortable Truth
Let’s get some actual perspective on the concept of trigger warnings. The whole idea of “trigger warnings” was at first was to warn people who ACTUALLY had PTSD of content that could make them relapse. An entire new generation of sniveling writers and media however has decided to use trigger warnings for virtually every last damn thing that could possibly be considered, “offensive.” Suprisingly …shudder … Buzzfeed did a thorough and thoughtful expose on the history and current use of the Trigger Warning.
It’s spread to academia into classrooms and Syllabi. Suggestions have been made to give the Bible a trigger warning. What’s next? Huckleberry Finn? Halo? Shakespeare? Will everything at some point have a trigger warning? Finally, some journalists have realized that the abuse of the concept is destroying its validity.
A recent article in The Guardian of all places detailed the overuse of phrase. That right there – the overuse – is the real tragedy here. This “Crying Wolf” via Trigger Warnings is turning the idea into a technique so common that it LOSES its meaning. It is destroying the the actual impact that needed – rarely employed -Trigger Warnings should have.
Of course there is plenty of blame to go around, but fingers can be pointed at the SJW crowd and
whatever-the-hell-kind-of-feminist-faction on places like Tumblr, Reddit, ect. Feminist publications such as Ms. Magazine, the appropriately named Bitch Magazine, and Feministe, were among the first to utilize the Trigger Warning (TW). Fun fact: Abusing and marginalizing the idea through the overuse of TWs makes you a bitch.
What this entails is a damning embarrassment to people with actual PTSD, not people who have uncomfortable experiences being cat-called in public. Besides the hypocritical ignorance of “multiculturalism” think of the horror! This nonsense trivializes people who have actual PTSD. What does real PTSD look like? Let’s take a look through the annals of history which most of our population have forgotten existed – and we keep wondering why history keeps repeating itself. We shall start with shell-shock the ancestor and real first example of PTSD after combat.
Let’s look at another video on the subject and pay close attention to 2:11-2:25. That reaction to just an officer’s red hat is real and actual PTSD.
Imagine knowing someone who reacts to nothing, except the word “bomb.” Or a friend who develops a facial muscle tick after having stabbed/bayoneted someone in the face. A French soldier in World War 1 wrote about the brutal environment of the battle of Verdun and what he describes is what gives cause to real PTSD
“At Verdun the ones who have suffered the most are the wounded and, along with them, the stretcher-bearers who transport them. Some of the bearers carry them from the front lines all the way to our post (1.5 kilometers); other ones take them in order to carry them off to Fleury and, having arrived there, the wounded have almost another 2 kilometers to go by stretcher before they can be transported by car. Imagine such a trip under the shells which hardly ever stop, through a landscape full of shell holes, tree trunks, and wrecked wire, through deep mud and, in certain areas, through clay where the stretcher-bearers sink down all the way to their waists, being forced to call for help to get themselves out of difficulty…”
Or this part of a letter from a soldier in 1916:
“Anyone who has not seen these fields of carnage will never be able to imagine it. When one arrives here the shells are raining down everywhere with each step one takes but in spite of this it is necessary for everyone to go forward. One has to go out of one’s way not to pass over a corpse lying at the bottom of the communication trench. Farther on, there are many wounded to tend, others who are carried back on stretchers to the rear. Some are screaming, others are pleading. One sees some who don’t have legs, others without any heads, who have been left for several weeks on the ground…”
Real PTSD isn’t something we should trivialize. Note I’ve just scraped the bottom of the barrel by bringing up examples from World War. I didn’t even bring up soldiers coming back from Overseas back to the States from Afghanistan and Iraq in particular.
These souls with real PTSD actually go out of their way to overcome it. They work with professionals and their fellow soldiers to cope and deal with the PTSD instead of hiding from it and demanding a trigger warning at every street corner and website they encounter. Ignore the Description of the video, but observe again what actual PTSD is.
Even if you have PTSD from something such as rape, demanding a trigger warning and avoiding conversation about the subject won’t heal you. It will simply let the experience continue to dramatically effect your life. All the excuses in the world – no matter how damn valid – won’t change the situation you are in. Get up from your slumber, seek to overcome your problem, and enjoy the life you have! Life is short. You never know how much time you have. Don’t waste it.
P:S: Also gentlemen, we’ve switched our top-secret patriarchy meeting to the underground volcano lair this week which is off the coast of Saudi Arabia.
Bring cigars, fine scotch, and your male privilege cards.