Here’s What Trigger Warnings Are – And What They’re Not

Are trigger warnings part of a conspiracy to limit free speech? Not at all – but that’s what you might believe if you’ve been tuning into the debates on trigger warnings.

Trigger warnings, also called content warnings, can help people who have experienced trauma, but some people are against them.

No matter which side you’re on in this debate, this illustration can help you understand more about what trigger warnings really mean – and what it means for our society if we’re unwilling to provide them.

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The Editors at Everyday Feminism

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M. Slade is a Contributing Comic Artist for Everyday Feminism. He is New York-based cartoonist and illustrator. Aside from creating artwork for EF, he also has a weekly webcomic about his experiences realizing he’s a trans man: Adventures In Genderland. M.Slade also works as Co-Head Editor for the Independent Publishing Section of, and you can find his articles here. In his spare time, he can be found nerding out about video games and cartoons, or crying while petting his cat. You can check out his website here or his Tumblr here. Check out his EF comics here.