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I am in agreement with David Michael Rice. Furthermore, I find self-sensoring to be a danger to our society and an insult to our readers. The fact that some people can be triggered by the written word should be addressed by their therapists, not by authors.
This is idiotic, puerile, and insulting to readers’ intelligence as well as harmful to writers. Writers cannot possibly know what will “trigger” a reader, and it is asinine for readers to expect writers to know. A writer would need to include an entire chapter filled with “trigger warnings” to cover them all.
Readers deserve respect from writers: treating them like infants makes for an inferior writer.