What do you think of content warnings in ace spaces?
Do you use them? Would you like people to warn for content they usually don’t post warnings for?
Content warnings are so regularly used on this blog I sometimes forget they’re a contentious issue in other places and for other people. To me they are an integral part of ace spaces. I’ve been reading about content warnings as part of my PhD research and am surprised by how many people don’t agree with their use, from university professors to fiction authors like Neil Gaiman. I think this disagreement is based on a misunderstanding about what content warnings are and do.
I personally think content warnings are a bare minimum accessibility accommodation for people with trauma history and helpful for a variety of reasons for other people. They should be used in blogs when appropriate, academic articles, university classrooms etc. At their best content warnings create access and at their worst they create the illusion of access. In my experience just having a warning or heads up isn’t enough to access material. It’s so much better than not having them! But I’m also excited to think about, ok we need content warnings, and now what else? I’m curious if as ace people who regularly see and use content warnings our community might have some special insight.