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08 July 2010 @ 01:17 am
Triggers and Warnings  
I believe in Warnings, I believe in large general warnings, common warnings. Rape, Abuse, Death, Violence. I think they are a great tool for people to use to get around fandom without personal mishap.

I believe in Descriptions. Sex pollen, rimming, fisting, mpreg, S&M,etc. They too are great tools to help people with triggers be able to navigate fandom or know that even though there is a general warning, having that extra description lets them know that hey, I can or now really cannot read this. They are a great tool for people with squicks too.

I believe in Choose Not To Warn. An author has the right to state that they are not putting any warnings on even though triggers and squick my be involved. They are not saying this is a clean fic/vid/art work, they are saying I am not warning, this is a tool to let you know that all your triggers might be in this.

Because I believe in Warnings and Descriptions, that I love them, I also know that they are not always accurate. They cannot be all encompassing because everyone is so very different. Every cause of trauma is different, it leaves different impressions and people have to deal with them differently. Not every trigger is known and accounted for. Not every trigger trauma related. Some are very different, some are very common and some people just would not think of.

When people do or do not warn it is not out of spite or to cause harm. Having Warnings and Descriptions are a courtesy, they are a choice, a tool, not a moral obligation, towards other fans to help them.
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spacehussy: [heroes] he <3s your brainspacehussy on July 8th, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Spag Inc.spaggel on July 9th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
let's get the seven lines.bookshop on July 9th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)

i really like this post. i've been chewing over it and it's the closest anyone has gotten in this whole debate to articulating for me how i feel :D
(Anonymous) on July 11th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
When people do or do not warn it is not out of spite or to cause harm. Having Warnings and Descriptions are a courtesy, they are a choice, a tool, not a moral obligation, towards other fans to help them.

Do you mean to imply here that people who do not warn and who reject CNTW ought to be immune from criticism for their choice?
Spag Inc.spaggel on July 11th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
No one is immune from criticism and no one should be. Be critical, analize and evaluate peoples actions and words from both sides. It's not a negative thing to do.

Be critical of their actions, choice, words and the way they interact with others. Not because of who they are or are not and not because of what has or hasn't happened to them.

Both sides are doing the later. And I don't agree with it.