Why Books Help With Trauma

Amber Skye Forbes

A few weeks ago I wrote about how trigger warnings are effectively censoring books. I feel the need to unearth this topic again because the most recent cry for trigger warnings on literature came from Columbia, where there are students who believe that Greek mythology needs a trigger warning. Four students from Columbia’s Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board wrote that ‘”these texts wrought with histories and narratives of exclusion and oppression, can be difficult to read and discuss as a survivor, a person of color, or a student from a low-income background.”‘

This is insulting to both books and survivors of trauma or whatever background you come from. In my opinion, books that discuss serious topics exist, intentionally or not, as a safe vehicle to navigate these topics from the safety of the written word. Not only do these students really need to search within themselves for why the…

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