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This episode features Katie’s talk ‘Getting Trigger Happy With Trigger Warnings. Mental Health, (dis)ability And Activism’. The full version of this talk is embedded below and you can also listen to the full version and the Q and A following the talk here. You can access the PowerPoint presentation for this talk here and it is also embedded below. This talk was given at the most recent Institute for Critical Animal Studies Oceania conference – see the notes for our 108th episode for links to all of the talks from that conference.
This talk is relevant on an on-going basis but we were particularly inspired to put it out on an episode in light of recent comments by Stephen Fry, which criticised trigger warnings, as well as accusing victims of abuse of ‘self-pity’. He has since apologised for (some of) the comments.
Also covered throughout the episode is: content warnings, trigger warnings and free speech, as well as research that (apparently) shows that trigger warnings are counter-productive – we disagree!
Katie couldn’t fit activist burnout into her talk – but check out our 29th episode (featuring the Melbourne Street Medic Collective) and Plan to Thrive for some resources on this topic.
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Mary Lambert ‘Secrets’, Katie’s talk ‘Getting Trigger Happy With Trigger Warnings. Mental Health, (dis)ability And Activism’ – part 1, Frank Turner ‘Get Better’, Katie’s talk ‘Getting Trigger Happy With Trigger Warnings. Mental Health, (dis)ability And Activism’ – part 2, Have Heart ‘No Roses, No Skies’ – (lyrics*CW: self-harm).
You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Katie’s talk, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.