I really love both this info-graphic and the topic you are highlighting. As someone who deals with a variety of mental illnesses, and experiences how school contributes significantly to these issues, I relate to this topic a lot. I think it’s really important that schools start putting the welfare of their students above grades and test scores. Awesome job and keep up the good work!
Wow this is a great info-graphic that clearly shows that there is a problem that needs to be taken care of in today’s schools. The one that really sticks out to me is the one about sleep problems. I think that many kids lives and grades are taking hits because of the problem.
The way you designed your info graphic with statistics is very convincing and thought provoking. I believe that less pressure needs to be put on students because they are all dealing with things that people don’t know about.
When reading Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, my class had many discussions about racism. As a white person, I felt out of place when expressing my opinions. I believe that, because I am white, I should not have a
Celia, your piece is well said. I think you have discovered something that not many people today understand, you were able to think about how others might be feeling and realizing that that is bigger than yourself. Being white shouldn’t make you feel embarrassed , and I hope it doesn’t even though some people in the past have been racist it doesn’t mean everyone is. However, I do understand your point about all of us being raised in a society that is racist from the time we are born. Listening to people who are affected by racism is important so we know how to stop it and can try to understand how they may feel. I do also believe that yes they should be talking about what makes them uncomfortable, instead of people who are unaffected by it talking. But, it is important to hear white people’s opinions as well so we all can be on the same page and create change/
Hi Celia! I also think that this quote is important in the novel. It shows how Huck Is conflicted about what he has grown up knowing and what he is beginning to learn about Jim. Twain does a really good job of using this conflict in order to comment on the times. Awesome job with this journal entry!
I’m awful at listening to myself. It’s one of my biggest weaknesses, right next to listening to other people. All my life, I’ve had problems with pushing myself too far or doing things I don’t want to do just be
Right now, getting involved in politics is more important than ever! On the 21st, women will be meeting across the country, and all will be wearing pink hats with cat ears. I’ve been working on hats to pass out at
I am inspired by your post,”Join The Pussycat Project”, because the feminism show in this project. It has shown me how women are the empowered this year because of Trump being the president. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because of your topic about women empowerment.
Donald Trump is disgusting. He has said so many awful things about women, about LGBTQ, about POC, about Muslims, the list continues. What do Americans do now? I’d be interested in talking about this further.
If you’re interested in all the problems with the American Prison system, and the racial inequality in the justice system, you should check out the web series/tv show Adam Ruins Everything. He covers a lot of that topic, from our corrupt prison system to racism in the war on drugs. The clips are short and informational, and also…[Read more]
As someone who visits a modern art museum frequently, I am familiar with the shock value art. I have seen rather disturbing videos and art, and the shock did help convey the artist’s message. A trigger warning could be given to the viewer without exposing what is shocking about the art. My local museum does this for the sake of children,…[Read more]
I agree that we cannot avoid all the things that make us uncomfortable. There is no reason, however, we should deny someone the right to avoid the things that would trigger a panic response. I agree that people should engage in civil conversations about controversial topics. The lines can be blurred between the two types of content,…[Read more]
Thank you for the comment! Although I didn’t address the political correctness side of the conversation, I agree that it is important to face controversial problems instead of sweeping them under the carpet. Even though I focused on the mental health side of trigger warnings, I might write about your point in the future. In widespread…[Read more]
Very well written. I enjoyed your post and think that you have a very good outlook on this sort of issue. I agree that the world that we live in today constantly tries to hide or mask things that could cause controversy, rather than simply just living and seeing the world for how it is. I use the example all the time of TV rating and how certain language or activity can automatically give it a negative rating or connotation. I think as Americans we need to live in a world that we can see the world as a whole instead of constantly running away from the issue. I think in the modern world people or more opinionated and more easily offended (which is some cases can be a good thing) but I think that instead of blocking out portions of the world we don’t like to simply just see what we want is going to cause major issues later on in society. Good point. Keep writing!
Thank you for the comment! Although I didn’t address the political correctness side of the conversation, I agree that it is important to face controversial problems instead of sweeping them under the carpet. Even though I focused on the mental health side of trigger warnings, I might write about your point in the future. In widespread media, there is definitely a warped perception of what is offensive: people shy away from touchy topics but then make an obscene and degrading comment with no shame whatsoever.
I think this is a very thoughtful post. I have never thought of some of the points that you have made. Trigger warnings are an important part of recovery and I think it is important to keep using them. While some would argue that we are too sensitive, they are an important part of helping people in their paths to recovery.
I believe that your thesis, so to speak, is the idea that, at least for the mental health side, it is better to allow people to know what they are about to be confronted with, so as to prevent a traumatic experience (correct me if I misunderstood). I have mixed feelings about your assertion, but for the most part agree. I agree with your statement that we should not force individuals into watching something that could cause problems. But, most importantly I agree with your stance that it is about knowing what you are about to see that matters, not the content itself. However, I don’t necessarily think it is the role of the creator to warn a potential audience about triggering content. A lot of work is incredible because of its shock value. In some cases, a trigger warning is a form of censorship. The burden is on the viewer to know if it will trigger them, not the creator. However, if it is easy and will not take away from the artwork, then I see no reason why someone wouldn’t put a trigger warning. We need to be more cautious of what we search.
As someone who visits a modern art museum frequently, I am familiar with the shock value art. I have seen rather disturbing videos and art, and the shock did help convey the artist’s message. A trigger warning could be given to the viewer without exposing what is shocking about the art. My local museum does this for the sake of children, so I was prepared to see something shocking. However, I didn’t have any idea what the art was depicting (it was animal sacrifice). It is the role of people with triggers to figure out where they can and cannot go, horror movies in theaters should’t stop for a second to warn the viewers a jump scare is coming up. People who don’t want to see jump scares shouldn’t go to a horror movie. Thank you for your comment.
This is a very broad and controversial topic to write about. I agree, in some aspects, that trigger warning can be put in place to protect those who are “at risk” or “harmful”. I agree that it helps us ease into society a little slower, however I disagree that they should be in place everywhere. Life is ever changing, things ebb and flow. We can’t always expect a filter on the “bad” things that happen. I believe that it may be easier for us to progress into a slightly uncensored society when it is given to us piece by piece. Now I’m not saying that we should get completely rid of them, because they are very helpful to protect us, I just believe that it we should know what we’re getting into when using the internet. We should be aware of what’s on there and be cautious of what we look for.
I agree that we cannot avoid all the things that make us uncomfortable. There is no reason, however, we should deny someone the right to avoid the things that would trigger a panic response. I agree that people should engage in civil conversations about controversial topics. The lines can be blurred between the two types of content, though. For example, I posted a poem in October about rape culture in high school. Some people would experience unhappiness from reading it, because it may not be something they want to talk about. Other people, namely rape survivors, may feel extreme fear while reading. Everyone has to understand their personal boundaries, and it is our job to respect those boundaries.
I enjoyed reading your post because it is something you don’t see everyday as a discussion topic. It caught my attention because I have never even heard of trigger warnings before I read your post. I like how you gave specific examples about how a trigger warning on a post could help people avoid being triggered. It also made me think about how others should be more careful about what they post, but if they post it to warn others of the content in the post. Again I really enjoyed reading your post because I learned something new today!
Celia, how do trigger warnings help people adjust to the real world. You claim that a self harmer would not relapse if there was a trigger warning, but what would he/she do if the same image came without a warning later, for example at work? If there were no trigger warnings, people would adjust to the real world because they would know what actually happens. We can’t censor everythang foreva.
This was a good piece because it addresses a very relevant issue that is seldom talked about. Like some other commenters, am unsure if I agree completely with your thesis but I definitely agree with you in the sense that trigger warnings should not be opposed or made fun of. However, I also see the validity in the fact that trigger warnings cannot extend to all areas of life. This was extremely well written and organized. Good work!
I 100% agree with you about the trigger warnings and how they should be everywhere cause hey that can help a lot of people that have personal problems. I too see a lot of post on social media that should have a trigger warning but do not and it’s not the best feeling ever to come across this. Honestly like you said more social medias should add a trigger warning so you can easily avoid something you don’t want to see. Also a lot of post on social media kind of make fun of people and their triggered moments and I was wondering if you had any idea is to why someone would do that or think that is funny in any way. Any who I really enjoyed reading your piece and I hope you continue to write.
Hello Celia. I can’t say that I’ve ever put so much thought into trigger warnings, but I like what you have to say about them. In this technologically advanced age, it is important that we, as users, look out for one another. I agree that it is vital for social media to have warnings, as not everyone is keen to seeing alarming/violent content. However, as for “real life”, I don’t believe trigger warnings are necessarily beneficial. While one must be aware of the terms and phrases they use and the situation in which they use it, I also believe that it is the responsibility of the person fearing the trigger to decide the situation they put themselves in. Life does not offer warning signs. Life, in all of its splendors, has harsh realities. If one were constantly warned of an upcoming danger, they would cease to live their life in the moment. It is important to focus our attention where we are now, and not project potential “what ifs” into our present reality. That being said, I really did enjoy what you had to say and I agree that in social media, it is essential to have trigger warnings.
Celia, this is a very good post! As mental illness is becoming less and less taboo, it is super important that people become well learned on how to address mental illness. Speaking to the subject of your discussion, I think that trigger warnings are not always. Speaking personally, I suffer with anxiety and depression, and I would prefer to experience things that are harder for me, so I can learn to make them less hard for me to bear. I can certainly see how people that have more severe connotations would need to shield themselves for things of certain topics (and should be able to), but it doesn’t always help people in a rough spot.
This post was written in what my mom would call a ‘fighting tone’. Instead of supporting your argument with facts, personal experiences, or or real-world examples, you rushed to invalidate people’s experiences. I can agree that it is becoming increasingly looked down on to assume someone’s gender by their physical apperance, but that is a…[Read more]
It sucks that you have family members who have sexist views. I’m surprised that guys are not offended that everyone thinks that they don’t have a bit of self control around women. I, too, hope that more people will write things like this, as well as take action in other ways.
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