The Importance Of Content Warnings

The Importance Of Content Warnings

The essence of trigger warnings.
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A content warning, or better known as a trigger warning, is defined as: "a statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc., alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material (often used to introduce a description of such content)". Using content warnings is a very well established practice in social justice, safe space communities.

A content warning's purpose serves to give people, especially trauma victims and survivors, the option of proceeding with caution or to not proceed at all. They are essential in a sense that they provide safety. These warnings can save a person from reliving their traumatic experiences or save them from an anxiety or panic attack. They are a means of considering others, while one speaks of a potentially triggering topic. Triggers are unique to everyone, as well as non-triggers. What you are desensitized to may not be the same for others, whether or not you've endured elements pertaining to that topic.

For instance, I'm a part of an online community, where I stay up to date on current events, as well as expelling frustrations with our power imbalanced society with other group members. It's a pretty safe area, where I feel secure in confiding with members with similar experiences. With the group being a social justice friendly atmosphere, trigger warnings are a vital rule. Sometimes in the group, there are members who post topics with severe nature without a content warning, which can cause a member, or members, to become very upset. Being given the option to proceed reading the post with caution, or to not proceed, is essential.

There are times when black members - myself included - cannot stand to see another article plastered on social media about another black person being unjustly murdered by law enforcers. It isn't that we do not care to discuss these unfortunate events or want to become ignorant to these happenings, it's just that we hear about it so much and just want a break from it all. It's the most relieving thing when someone provides a content warning of a post with: "police brutality, anti-blackness", to give us an option of proceeding carefully or to skip over it, for our own safety. It isn't the best thing to be slapped in the face with a video recording of a black person dying in a puddle of blood from a trigger happy officer without a content warning.

Content warnings, for these very reasons, are essential in providing safe environments for trauma victims, survivors, and marginalized communities.

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.
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I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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8 Types Of People Fetuses Grow Into That 'Pro-Lifers' Don't Give 2.5 Shits About

It is easy to fight for the life of someone who isn't born, and then forget that you wanted them to be alive when you decide to hate their existence.

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For those in support of the #AbortionBans happening all over the United States, please remember that the unborn will not always be a fetus — he or she may grow up to be just another person whose existence you don't support.

The fetus may grow up to be transgender — they may wear clothes you deem "not for them" and identify in a way you don't agree with, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them a mentally unstable perv for trying to use the bathroom.

The fetus may grow up to be gay — they may find happiness and love in the arms of someone of the same gender, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them "vile" and shield your children's eyes when they kiss their partner.

The fetus may grow up and go to school — to get shot by someone carrying a gun they should have never been able to acquire, and their life will mean nothing to you when your right to bear arms is on the line.

The fetus may be black — they may wear baggy pants and "look like a thug", and their life will mean nothing to you when you defend the police officer who had no reason to shoot.

The fetus may grow up to be a criminal — he might live on death row for a heinous crime, and his life will mean nothing to you when you fight for the use of lethal injection to end it.

The fetus may end up poor — living off of a minimum wage job and food stamps to survive, and their life will mean nothing to you when they ask for assistance and you call them a "freeloader" and refuse.

The fetus may end up addicted to drugs — an experimentation gone wrong that has led to a lifetime of getting high and their life will mean nothing to you when you see a report that they OD'd and you make a fuss about the availability of Narcan.

The fetus may one day need an abortion — from trauma or simply not being ready, and her life will mean nothing to you as you wave "murderer" and "God hates you" signs as she walks into the office for the procedure.

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Do not tell me that you are pro-life when all of the above people could lose their lives in any way OUTSIDE of abortion and you wouldn't give 2.5 shits.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is gay or trans, you will berate them for who they are or not support them for who they love.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is poor or addicted, you will refuse the help they desperately need or consider their death a betterment of society.

You fight for the baby to be born, but when the used-to-be-classroom-of-fetuses is shot, you care more about your access to firearms than their lives.

It is easy to pretend you care about someone before they are even born, and easy to forget their birth was something you fought for when they are anything other than what you consider an ideal person.

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