Five years ago, the term ‘trigger warnings’ didn’t exist. Now they’re imperative to learning.

Campus Reform reports:

Feminist prof says trigger warnings ‘imperative’ for learning

A self-described “feminist” professor at New York University is urging colleagues to use trigger warnings in the classroom, arguing that they are “imperative” to critical thinking skills.

“Trigger warnings and the unformulated experience” was published in the latest issue of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society by Nirit Gordon, who teaches classes on educational psychology and counseling skills for both undergraduate and grad students.

In her essay, Gordon hypothesizes that trigger warnings are widely dismissed and criticized not because they’re inherently problematic, but because society pressures people to “dissociate” from their emotional side, and that trigger warnings detract from that.

While she acknowledges that “it could be argued that the debate here is about the psychic fragility of college students who refuse to confront issues,” Gordon argues that the underlying issue is actually “the fear of instructors to permit the personal to enter the classroom.”

Further, Gordon frames criticism of trigger warnings as a form of misogyny, since “emotional proclivities are equated with femininity,” and thus, the use of trigger warnings is but one way emotions can appear in the classroom.

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