trigger warning

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trigger warning (plural trigger warnings)

  1. A notice placed before the beginning of media content (usually an online article, e-mail, or post) to warn of potential traumatic triggers it contains.
    • 2013, Aalya Ahmad, "When the Women Think: Teaching Horror in Women's and Gender Studies", in Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror (eds. Aalya Ahmad & Sean Moreland), McFarland & Company (2013), ISBN 9780786468201, page 69:
      One film presentation group for Teeth, which features rape scenes, also chose to include “trigger warnings” and bring in a representative from a sexual assault centre as a resource for the class.
    • 2013, Caitlin Still, "The trouble with trigger warnings", Honi Soit, Week 2, Semester 2, page 14:
      I applaud the sensitivity and awareness demonstrated by those who take the time to put a trigger warning, for example, on a link posted on Facebook dealing with issues such as sexual abuse or violence.
    • 2014, Lisa Nakamura, "Gender and Race Online", in Society and the Internet: How Networks of Information and Communication Are Changing Our Lives (eds. Mark Grahm & William H. Dutton), Oxford University Press (2014), ISBN 9780199661992, page 87:
      In its policies about posting, it asks users to include “trigger warnings” about content that “involves sexual assault or violence towards women and other marginalized groups, which may distress or cause readers to be triggered.”