Group Starts Contest to Mock Trigger Warnings

June 2, 2014

Academe has been debating -- on this site and elsewhere -- trigger warnings, notices on a syllabus to let students know that they may be hurt or traumatized by some of what they are about to read. Advocates see the warnings as a basic courtesy, while critics see political correctness. The National Association of Scholars, which advocates for a traditional curriculum and opposes what it sees as political correctness, is, not surprisingly, dubious of trigger warnings. So the association is starting a contest today, asking people to tweet (with the hashtag #triggerwarningfail), mock trigger warnings for classic books. For example, the association says that a warning for Oedipus Rex might be "warning – prejudicial treatment of alternative family structures" and that one for Gulliver's Travels might be "warning -- size-ist."


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