The 'Trigger Warning' Chronicles

“Some version of the term began appearing on feminist message boards in discussions of sexual assault in the late ’90s. Andi Zeisler, the co-founder and editorial/creative director of the feminist publication Bitch magazine, said the phrase often popped up on a community forum on Ms. Magazine’s website. ‘The first time I saw trigger warnings used was on Ms. Magazine’s bulletin board in the late ’90s and early ‘00s,’ she said. ‘It might have been on other feminist sites, but I only remember seeing it on Ms.’” — Consider this exhaustive history of the phrase “trigger warning” a vital document for the post-Tumblr internet.