Via Campus Reform:

A self-described “feminist” professor at New York University is urging colleagues to use trigger warnings in the classroom, arguing that they are “imperative” to critical thinking skills.

“Trigger warnings and the unformulated experience” was published in the latest issue of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society by Nirit Gordon, who teaches classes on educational psychology and counseling skills for both undergraduate and grad students.

While she acknowledges that “it could be argued that the debate here is about the psychic fragility of college students who refuse to confront issues,” Gordon argues that the underlying issue is actually “the fear of instructors to permit the personal to enter the classroom.”

Further, Gordon frames criticism of trigger warnings as a form of misogyny, since “emotional proclivities are equated with femininity,” and thus, the use of trigger warnings is but one way emotions can appear in the classroom. […]

“Returning to trigger warnings, it is important to keep in mind that many students advocating for trigger warnings are saying that they must navigate the world as a member of a marginalized group,” she writes, adding that colleges are “historically white and male.”

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