To say, “I was triggered” is not to say, as it is frequently mischaracterized, “I got my delicate fee-fees hurt.” It is to say, “I had a significantly mood-altering experience of anxiety.” Someone who is triggered may experience anything from a brief moment of dizziness, to a shortness of breath and a racing pulse, to a full-blown panic attack. Speaking about trigger warnings as though they exist for the purposes of indulging fragile sensibilities fundamentally misses their purpose: To mitigate harm.
"Some claim that evolution is just a theory, as if it were merely an opinion. The theory of evolution — like the theory of gravity — is a scientific fact. Evolution really happened. Accepting our kinship with all life on Earth is not only solid science. In my view, it’s also a soaring spiritual experience."
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos
Not so fast. I thought I saw a tea bagger early on.
How many times have you been hit with the “I love you” stick?
When control is disguised as love, when someone says you should act a certain way, look a certain way, eat something you don’t want to eat, when someone tries to change you or your behavior because they “love you”. This is not love. It’s manipulation. Their desire to control you is a direct reflection on how much control they lack in their own life.
If you’ve been hit with the “I love you” stick or know someone who has,
To all of my fellow survivors out there who were sexually abused as either children or adults..
I’m so sorry. I’m so very sorry that you were hurt in such a vile way. You didn’t deserve anything that happened to you, and none of it was your fault. None of it. The fault lies…