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I don’t normally post these kinds of long personal stuff, but I feel like I need to say this in some way that can reach many people. So here we go….. There’s been a lot of discussion on our campus about sexual violence and these discussions have only been increased in light of recent posts on the internet. These are critical discussions to have and I hope our community will continue to have them. However, I want to highlight the common use of certain terms and how they can be problematic for me. When I see or hear the term “Trigger Warning” or the now popular “TW”, I am triggered. Before coming to Hampshire I had been an in-patient in a psychiatric mental hospital multiple times. When I was a patient, I engaged in many group therapy sessions in which I was introduced to the concept of an emotional trigger. I want to emphasize that these kind of triggers are not things that can be included or prefaced with a trigger warning. These triggers come in all shapes, forms and sizes and they are personal, individualized, unique and result in much more dire circumstances than someone becoming upset. These are things that literally set people off and drove people to take actions that are destructive and as a result ended up in a place like where I was. Much of my time in the hospital was spent learning how to deal with triggers in everyday life and how to not be sent into a destructive downward spiral when triggered. I associate the term trigger with these experiences of trauma, more specifically I associate the term trigger with my time in a mental hospital. Many times when someone announces a trigger warning, I don’t even hear the word warning because suddenly I am having flashbacks to a horrific moment in the hospital. I am not trying to downplay other people’s trauma here. People who experienced trauma have things that trigger them and they are real feelings. But what I want to point out is that my trauma comes from a word commonly used to help survivors identify when they might suddenly be confronted with their trauma. I appreciate the intentions behind providing trigger warnings when dealing with, talking about, or posting about sensitive topics. It is important that we allow people to have a space where they can feel like they can feel safe when discussing sensitive topics and be able to excuse themselves when needed for any reason. But at the same time, I am struggling with the constant triggering that I get from the preemptive warnings people are giving. Usually I can use the techniques I learned in the hospital to help me get past these moments, but in light of the recent increase in discussion of an extremely sensitive topic on this campus, it is simply too much for me to handle. I want to engage in these important discussions we are having on this campus, but I simply can’t at this point. So I guess I am stuck in this odd paradox of being sensitive about the language used around sensitivity. Thanks to Ali Gibbs, Phoenix Wyatt,Karina Rosenstein, and Andi for giving me the courage to discuss this, validating that these are real feelings I’m having, and making me feel like I’m not crazy for saying this.
Ok Hampshire, now: Your thoughts?
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