Maybe Life Itself Should Come With a Trigger Warning

(Originally published on June 2, 2014 on http://www.newsworks.org/, the online news source for WHYY in Philadlephia.)

The recent flurry of articles and commentary about “trigger warnings” has given shape to an unease I often thought about while teaching 7th-grade English at an independent girls’ school in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Trigger warnings include methods that might be used by a media outlet, writer, or even an educator to warn a reader, student, or participant that material is about to be shared that could be potentially offensive, frightening, or damaging to one’s psyche in some way.

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/essay-works/item/68540-maybe-life-itself-should-come-with-a-trigger-warning

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