Trigger warnings are more important than spoiler warnings, so why are they more controversial?

Given that being triggered in class is a not-insignificant barrier to education, given that sexual violence is common by the time students are in college, given that sexual violence disproportionately affects women, and given that women are disproportionately likely to develop PTSD in response to sexual violence, it starts to be clear that trigger warnings go beyond the basic courtesy spoiler warnings are afforded and instead become a matter of educational equality. It’s true that not all victims of sexual violence need or want trigger warnings, but it’s unacceptable to create so toxic and hostile a climate that even asking for them gets survivors lumped in with fascists and book-banners by hand-wringing reactionaries. 

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