Warning: This post contains a discussion of mental health issues. May be triggery to some. ETA:
I see I've been linked over at metafandom
. If any of you are coming from over there, two things: I wrote another post, here
which is less emotional and more matter of fact. And probably contains 200% more swearwords.
Also, if this post engenders any discussion, I reserve the right to use what tools I have at my disposal to keep the discussion as safe and respectful as possible. I also reserve the right to do so at my discretion.
I've been reading the most recent Warnings Wank
all over the internet for the past few hours and I'm a little shocked.
No, scratch that. I'm a lot
shocked. As a matter of fact, I'm appalled.
Here's the thing: I'm lucky, in a sense. If I have sexual triggers, I have yet to come across them, and considering the sheer amount of NC-17 fanfic I read, I'm thinking I won't discover any in the future, unless I develop them from trauma. Which, for obvious reasons, I'm hoping won't happen.
But I do have triggers
. They're just not sexual. As a matter of fact, I have a lot
of utterly random, bizarre and often chaotic triggers which are hard for me
to keep track of, let alone anybody else. ( So where do my triggers come from? ) ( So here's what I want to know. ) ( And no, I don't expect you to take responsibility for my emotional well-being. )
This is my life we're talking about. You CANNOT say that you are entitled to not issue warnings for your fic and then turn around and say that I am not entitled to feel upset about it.
If you are the sort of writer who places a higher premium on your 'artistic integrity' or your ability to surprise your audience, no matter what effects that surprise might have, then yeah, I guess I can respect your artistic integrity.
But I can't respect your integrity as a human being.
And don't you dare
give me the 'slippery slope' argument, because it is impossible to argue first that you shouldn't have to issue any warnings and then go on to argue against what you shouldn't have to warn people about. You have a logical fallacy there, and I'm calling people out on it preemptively.
Thank you. I'll get off the soapbox, now.
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