I sit and scroll through social media and I see something that guts me. Someone read a book and was not prepared for a triggering scene to be present. She’d scrolled through many reviews, not one of them provided a trigger warning. It’s a book I’ve read, so I race to check my own review. Nope. No trigger warning there and my heart falls. Because I let someone down. Me and 29 other people.
Trigger warnings are vital. They prepare someone for sensitive material so they can make an informed decision of whether to read the book or not, or to prepare themselves in case they do want to read the book. An example of some trigger warnings are:
-Depictions of war
-Graphic depictions of abuse – particularly sexual, torture, emotional,
-Self harming behaviour – suicide, cutting, disordered eating, body shaming
We are trying to make Cuddlebuggery a safer space to be in, so from now on, to the best of our abilities, we’ll be including trigger warnings at the top of our reviews where it will be easy to find and see.
I know not everyone likes or approves of trigger warnings. I realise that this will sometimes mean some account of spoilers by stating trigger warnings. But as a blogger who relies on trigger warnings to protect my mental health, I feel like this is in the best interest of helping to create a better environment for the many other readers and bloggers who also require trigger warnings.
For me, trigger warnings mean that I can emotionally prepare myself before reading a text, or, if I’m having a bad day, it means I can avoid that text until I’m feeling stronger. This is certainly not about censoring any book or stating that a certain book shouldn’t be read because of those warnings – just that they’re there for people who need them or who like a heads up about the above warnings.
We certainly welcome feedback and would like your opinions on the matter!