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This article should be read: "The Peculiar Madness of Trigger Warnings." The author notes that "At UC Santa Barbara, the student government has formally requested that professors provide trigger warnings on their syllabuses." That's how insane this shit has gotten.

Yesterday, I trying to recall the very first time I saw a trigger warning anywhere. I guessed 2010. But the Urban Dictionary definition dates from 2011. UD is a pretty shitty, silly excuse for a resource, but it is useful in dating the prevalence of given phrases online. Regardless, "trigger warnings" are recent phenomenon. The internet got along pretty goddamn wonderfully for most of its history without trigger warning. The world has done without them for all but the last few moments of human history. This is a recent hysteria.

Yesterday, in a fit of frustration, I wrote on Facebook, The next fucking person I hear whine about their fucking "trigger"...I'm your goddamn trigger, right here.

At the root of my frustration, beyond the whiff of censorship that trigger warnings carry, is the enshrinement of weakness, the refusal of people to face their worst fears and defeat them. Thanks to setsuled, who writes: That reminds me of Akira Kurosawa and his brother in the aftermath of the Kanto earthquake when they were children. They saw corpses everywhere in Tokyo, choking the streets and bridges. Akira remembered his brother saying, "Look carefully now, if you shut your eyes to a frightening sight, you end up being frightened. If you look at everything straight on, there is nothing to be afraid of."

This is how humans have dealt with their deepest fears since before humans were humans. Shit like trigger warnings would short circuit the way our brains learn to cope. Trigger warnings make the weak weaker. Trigger warnings keep the fearful afraid. And they piss me off.


Yesterday, I wrote 890 words on "The Cats of River Street (1925)," and the day before I wrote a rather impressive 1,338 words on the story. Today, I begin the final scene, the climax, which is being drawn by Vince Locke before I write it. Because he's that amazing. I hope I can write this scene in one day, but it will probably require two.

And now we are August. What a ribsy summer this has been.

Please has a look at the current eBay auctions. Books by me, and I will personalize them to the winning bidders.

Last night, we watched the first two thirds of the newest season of Sherlock and loved it.

Now, Beast, hit play.

I wish I was the Moon,
Aunt Beast


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Aug. 1st, 2014 06:36 pm (UTC)
provide trigger warnings on their syllabuses

try the evening news, they spend more time warning people of what they will see next is graphic, shocking, ect ect ect... or they show something and blur it out.. like our local station did with the graphic poster advertising adult material for sale.

Aug. 1st, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC)

try the evening news, they spend more time warning people of what they will see next is graphic, shocking,

I don't watch network TV, so I had no idea. That's terrifying.
Aug. 1st, 2014 06:56 pm (UTC)
I am not sure what the hell a trigger warning is. I am 81 now and am unsure what a trigger supposed to do. If it is supposed to bring on a bad memory, I don't have a trigger. I have dealt with bad things as they came up, and there have been a few.

Your clarity of thought has been encouraging.

(if I have misspelled or messed this note up, I am sorry. My fingers don't work well anymore)
Aug. 1st, 2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
Trigger warnings make the weak weaker. Trigger warnings keep the fearful afraid.

Cheers to both statements! The only exposure I have had with trigger warnings so far is having read here of your experiences with people attempting to admonish you for not using them. Well, that and subsequently second-guessing myself about possibly uploading a photo from my own past for a Userpic because of all the hooha. The degree to which some people want Life spoon-fed to them in ways such as these is maddening.
Aug. 1st, 2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
On a syllabus?! As an Art Professor I can just see the warnings on practically everything in an Art History class. Fools. Guernica is supposed to be triggery, that is the point.
Aug. 1st, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
It occurs to me Triggers Without Warning would be a good band name.

That story about Kurosawa is one I think about a lot. I've read it in a few different essays. One of them used it as a possible reason as to why the violence in Kurosawa's films was so effective even though Kurosawa hated violence.

Trigger warnings make the weak weaker. Trigger warnings keep the fearful afraid.

Yes, I agree.

Last night, we watched the first two thirds of the newest season of Sherlock and loved it.

The third episode is wonderful.
Aug. 2nd, 2014 01:48 am (UTC)
Random LJ'r. I appreciated that article, thank you. I appreciate trigger warnings if friends are mine are delving into specifics of their childhood sexual abuse (because honestly, some days I don't particularly want to be reminded of MY childhood sexual abuse particulars)...but that's only between friends.

The idea that the world at large should provide trigger warnings is ridiculous and frankly, actually impedes healing.

I recently had two friends of mine defriend me for not using trigger warnings while discussing cutting back on fast food. I was flabberghasted. It's nice to see someone talking about this.
Aug. 2nd, 2014 07:26 am (UTC)
Good article, thank you. This cry for 'trigger warnings' has taken what began with good intention into a molly-coddling nightmare. I have had triggers before they were even called triggers and well before it became what I personally have come to think is an annoying cry for attention. And don't start me on the people who misuse it for some stupid reason like a bad hair day because yes, we need to trivialize PTSD to cover everything.

I have little patience or tolerance with anyone who is not taking responsibility for themselves as to what they read or watch, especially on the internet. No one else is responsible for us, no one. My husband may be considerate as to what action movies he will watch in my presence but I always check out a movie before viewing it. That is my responsibility to do, IF I feel a need to protect myself from a bad exposure. I do it for myself and I don't expect anyone to adjust/change to fit my needs or preferences.

I view it about the same as I view the new vegan at a holiday dinner who is minutely taking apart every dish on the table and being offended butter and meat is on the table. It is their choice, they don't have to eat meat and there were dishes prepared for them. Just pass the gravy because I'm tired of hearing their superior shit and they can save that sour face for later because they're curdling the cheesecake.

Back in the early days of yahoo groups I was part of a few groups for TV shows and it became common for a few people to expect special treatment about discussing the shows. The subject lines would have "spoilers" in bold and capital letters and still a few people complained the show had been ruined for them because details were discussed. Most of these people would take no responsibility for choosing to go to the one spot on the internet they KNEW the show would be discussed and then complain because they read something about the plot. What? I quickly learned there is no reasoning with someone who is determined to misunderstand as well as be defensive. The groups become as much about arguing over spoilers and how discussions should be handled for the viewers who didn't live in the East and was able to watch the shows first, instead of actually discussing the shows themselves.

I have sadly seen the trigger discussion having gone the same route, from something that began with good intentions to address sexual content to something drowning in insignificant bullshit because of clowns and spiders and bears, oh my! There is having empathy and understanding and then there is watering down a concept until it no longer has any real meaning.

Edited at 2014-08-02 07:27 am (UTC)
Aug. 2nd, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
Today, I begin the final scene, the climax, which is being drawn by Vince Locke before I write it.

I got so swept up in the concept of triggers that I forgot the very cool concept of this.
Aug. 4th, 2014 07:30 pm (UTC)
Trigger warnings.
Nobody wants anything bad to happen to to themselves. To say otherwise would be insane. That said, there are worse things than personal tragedies, for example:having a empty vacuous existence. For those people who are more hole than human, misery gives their life focus. Everyday, on bleeding knees they pray to the worse thing that ever happened to them. It gives their blank existence meaning,and form. Now these people have a perspective on life. Now they live everyday looking for triggers, so they finally become someone, the guardian of the temple of their misfortune. Every trigger event becomes a brick in that temple. From this temple they look down on the rest of humanity passing judgment on our behavior. Theses priest, at fist judge all humanity into two groups: believers, who sympathizes, and unbelievers who don't sympathizes. As time passes, these zealots became more extreme, and all humanity is seen as either heretics, or infidels. The only lucky thing about these people is the fact they are cowards. They hide in these temples of doom, screaming at the world, wishing they had the courage to actually do something. Happy thoughts.

Edited at 2014-08-04 07:41 pm (UTC)
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