Trigger warning: this blog post may freak you the f*** out
Every once in a while, I read Feministing, a ponderously feminist blog written by a collective of women who appear to be very angry about the patriarchy, misogyny, and, well, dudes in general, and they are not going to take it anymore, dammit!
To combat the rising tide of all-things-guy, they complain about sexism, posit themselves as victims, and agree to band together to fight an enemy that I never seem quite able to locate.
As a friend of mine likes to say: Isn’t this movement dead already? Apparently not.
In any case, I’ve noticed as of late a new addition to their bloggy style, which is the inclusion of the phrase, often IN ALL CAPS or TOTALLY BOLDED, which announces incoming SCARY content with a “TRIGGER WARNING.” WTF is a “trigger warning”? Yeah, I had to look that one up myself. Thankfully: Google.
According to Yahoo! Answers (which, BTW, is a great place to turn if you’re worried that having sex while pregnant could result in a pregnant fetus), a trigger warning is: “A warning placed in the title of an e-mail or post to let possible readers know that the content might trigger (or upset) them.” This seems different than the more widely used “spoiler alert,” which is used if you’ve seen a movie that other fanbois haven’t, and you want to reveal the ending, but you don’t want all your fanbois to freak the fuck out.
After some in-depth research (like, half an hour, maybe?), I was able to conclude that, for whatever reason, the feminists are all over their TRIGGER WARNINGS, applying them like a Southern cook applies Pam cooking spray to an overused nonstick frying pan. It’s almost impressive, really. I guess the idea is that blog posts are TOTALLY SCARY, and if you are EASILY UPSET, if you see a TRIGGER WARNING coming, you can look away REALLY FAST, or click elsewhere, so you won’t, you know, FREAK THE FUCK OUT.
Fascinating stuff, really. I guess I should’ve posted a trigger warning with that WikiLeaks.org video. Oooops! Come to think of it, probably 87-percent of the internet needs a goddamn trigger warning these days. No, wait. In fact, let’s just rig up this whole thing so every time you turn on your computer, all you get is one big TRIGGER WARNING, and that’s it. I’m sure that’ll take care of this epidemic of blog posts too scary to read real quick.