Trigger warnings on classic literature? Am I that calloused and cold hearted or is this really as ridiculous as it sounds?
It is cringe-inducingly ridiculous. When legitimately used, trigger warnings are a rare but occasionally necessary therapeutic consideration in establishing a safe space for trauma survivors. Unfortunately, trigger warnings have been seized upon with hypocritical zeal by left-wing thought police and warped into sanctimonious spoiler alerts for the delicate sensibilities of those whose political correctness is only outmatched by their victim mentality.
Speaking as someone who suffers from PTSD related panic attacks, trigger warnings as a pop-cultural fad are incredibly condescending, and I can’t wait to see them fall out of favor.