Trigger Warnings Do Not Work.

Even further, they can harm.

Brooke Meredith
3 min readDec 15, 2020


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Trigger warnings (TWs) have become popular in the media, entertainment, academic settings, and other venues when sharing content that some may find distressing (e.g., discussion of sexual assault, suicide, violence).


They originated as a measure of protection for survivors of trauma (as an example, for those…