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OMG: Hello OMG UW,

First post ever here, just thought I should leave this here. Remember critical thinking guys.

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  1. Great article, albeit it quite long, OP. Thanks.

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  2. Amazing, OP. Thanks.

    I want to share this with a few people in particular, but I'm rather concerned that (somewhat ironically) they will take me sharing it as a personal attack.

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  3. I agree. Everyone is so concerned about hurting others feelings. Everyone nowadays are becoming pussies.

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  4. Delete your post op or add a trigger warning
    I saw the word "rape" and I almost had a pain attack and cried for a good 5 mins.
    This kind of ignorance HAS. TO. STOP. It just has to
    *starts crying and shake violently*

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  5. I don't remember seeing anything like this in UW.

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    1. Have you not seen the posters up around campus? Apparently people telling inappropriate jokes is now considered harassment and can get you reported to the school.

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  6. It's thought-provoking, and I find people behaving annoyingly to make the whole trigger warning thing widespread, well, annoying.

    That said, a lot of the backlash against trigger warning themselves feels a bit like people looking at buildings when ramps were first added for people on wheelchairs, and complaining that now people are treated like pussies that can't walk stairs. It's not meant to be something for the majority, but there are people with damaged bodies/minds due to experiences that would destroy most of us as well, and trying not to fuck up with them makes plenty of sense to me.

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    1. That's very reasonable, but's there's a wide gap between trying to avoid unnecessary harm to people that have had traumatic experiences and this wide scale intellectual and emotional censorship. It's one thing to remove barriers to people's social and academic success, its another to cater to every possible emotional difficulty.

      They made businesses wheelchair accessible, they didn't get rid of jobs that couldn't be done by someone in a wheelchair.

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    2. There's a difference between adding ramps and banning stairs.

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    3. Haha well said 6.b

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  7. And there is also one between banning stairs, and banning stairs being compulsory.

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    1. If you want to be a high wire electrician you have to be able to work at height. If you want to be a doctor you have to be able to handle the sight of blood. If you want to be a lawyer you need to be able to discuss the law and the crimes that violate it. People's chosen professions sometimes cause stress and trauma, often unavoidable. Striving to treat and manage these stresses and provide people with the support they need for the overall betterment of mental health is necessary. Seeking to avoid/ remove these stresses because certain people in our generation can't handle reality and want the pro's without the con's is asinine.

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  8. Ok here's the thing: for me this has become an issue of accessibility. I have diagnosed PTSD and I am in therapy working really hard to manage my triggers and live a normal life. But I have had to get up and leave classes because professor's think giving a quick heads up about the material they are about to cover is "coddling". I whole heartedly believe difficult material is fair game in the classroom! I want to be able to participate in these conversations! Literally all I need is a warning so that I can be mentally and emotionally prepared for the conversation. I have learned a lot of tools to use from therapy and all I need is a heads up, to know "okay, time to do x, y or z to make it possible for me to stay and participate in this class". A prof saying at the beginning of class "just to let everyone know, our discussion today is going to deal with this aspect of sexual assault" is all I'm asking for so that I'm not blindsided by it. I don't think that's too much to ask. I have just as much a right to feel safe in the classroom as anyone without a mental illness.

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    1. 7.a here,

      Very sincerely, good for you that is a fantastic attitude, if more people approached their problems like you this discussion wouldn't be happening. I don't think what you want is unreasonable at all.

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