Trigger Warnings and Splats
James of Black Widow Crew
Trigger warnings, spoilers and splats. The thought of those just
send collective shivers down our spine - Yet places where people who are
multiple, (and those who are dissociative generally) get support use these
items to make sure people aren't hurt by what people call
While I agree with the reasons why they do it I find them to be a bit
much sometimes, we do them -- yeah, but that is to comply with the rules of
where we post nothing more. This essay address my problems with the current
system of using trigger warnings/ spoilers/ splats in the context of our
right as a collective unit to speak our thoughts and other issues.
PROBLEM ONE: splats make words unreadable.
The problem we have with splats is they make the word splattered
unreadable which could totally confuse the message we try to convey or The
whole message loses its context all together (or both).
PROBLEM TWO: spoilers and trigger warnings don't stop people reading
(in our opinion anyway).
I have read spoilered material on a self injury list I am on. What I am
trying to say is that with us, we don't pay attention to the spoilers, and
usually read everything. What is it to say that anyone would read it if the
message had spoilers? Even if it did have the space and the written
warning, people read it anyway.
PROBLEM THREE: splats/spoilers/trigger warnings aren't real
In real life, we don't put up warnings when we are triggered. We don't
say "spoiler: swearing". We go ahead and say it. Why should we
should we have to self-censor in the cyber world we live and enjoy so
Well there you have it. These are some of the problems associated with
the current splat/spoiler/trigger warning system (there is one problem for
each one so you get an understanding from where we come from).
If we take this current system away what will replace it? Well, there
are a few options which I would like to share with you here as alternative
to the splat, spoiler and trigger warning system, since it is so out of
place and to us as a group outdated.
1. No censorship policies.
Its real simple, this means no
splats/spoiler warnings or trigger warnings can be used. One website I know
of that is doing that with their mailing list. I commend them for taking a pro active approach to this
and other issues relating to it.]
2. Educating the rest of the survivor community about No Censorship
Policies (or NCP for short).
What use is the NCP without educating
the rest of the survivor community about it. So they can understand where
we and others come from when we talk about it. It will be probably common
place in the next few years... but only time will tell if the survivor
community will accept or reject it
Well there you have it just my point of view though I will take good and
bad email either way.
James of the Black Widow Crew
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