Why I Use Trigger Warnings

September 18, 2015

Kate Manne, assistant professor of philosophy, writes in this New York Times piece about why she uses "trigger warnings" to let her students know when she's about to use content that might be troubling or disturbing for them. 
"The point is not to enable — let alone encourage — students to skip these readings or our subsequent class discussion (both of which are mandatory in my courses, absent a formal exemption)," she writes. "Rather, it is to allow those who are sensitive to these subjects to prepare themselves for reading about them, and better manage their reactions."