Trigger Warnings & Safe Spaces, Pt. 2: Reframing warnings for the classroom

Since I wrote my last blog post on trigger warnings and safe spaces, the terms have lost much of their original meaning. Now, they're mostly used as insults, usually when speaking about liberals, leftists, progressives, “sjws”, feminists and the like. And, more recently, they are being used by some in response to any reaction from anyone…

On Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces

I am not a fan of trigger warnings*. I'll admit it. Personally, I find them unnecessary and, based on my experiences and research on mental health, trauma and distress, somewhat counter-intuitive. However, I understand others' desire to provide them and that they serve a need for some that I cannot relate to, so I don't mind them. Furthermore, despite the…

How I Survived My Master’s Thesis: Productivity Tips and Research Hacks!

Writing my Master's thesis was an immense undertaking and I will continue to reflect on the process over the next few weeks because I realize that it doesn’t “end”, one only stops writing it. I enjoyed the process, as strenuous as it was. There were moments when I was awash with a sense of triumph after…

“We teach girls to shrink themselves…”: 6 Keys to Assertiveness in Professional Settings

The line in the title was spoken by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her Tedx talk "We Should All Be Feminists". You may have also heard these words while jamming to Beyonce's  "***Flawless" (which you so obviously do!). Adichie's words speak of the pressure to be thin and physically small, but they also draw attention to…