Robert and Araz Shibley on Trigger Warnings


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Why are today's colleges moving toward implementing a paternalistic warning system for classes that include discussions of potentially sensitive topics, such as violence, sex, racism, and abuse? Much like a mother accompanying her young child to an action film, professors are asked to determine whether the students in their classes are capable of handling certain content. The important difference, write Robert and Araz Shibley, is that college students aren't ten years old.