Some years ago, in the midst of what was then called "the warnings wank" or "another round of the warnings debate" melannen
stated "I warn for 'Old People Sex' when one of the parties is over 55 or so."
I was not at the time 55 though I was within spitting difference of that age. Nevertheless, I felt ferociously angry on seeing that statement. "Trigger Warnings" surely are things that one puts on content because the mere thought of what is warned for is supposed to provoke PTSD. That's what warnings are for, is it not?
I am now past 55. And yes - TRIGGER WARNING TRIGGER WARNING TRIGGER WARNING --
I am still having sex.
Which leaves me in something of a dilemma. I am told, according to the best social justice theory going, that this makes me -- dread word -- "problematic".
Which is where we come on to the life and death of Helen Bailey.
Whom no-one came to help, because she was over 50 and therefore her sex life must be considered "problematic". The fact she was in the hands of a psychopath by then was exactly what she deserved for wanting to have a sex life after 50 in the first place. At least, when it comes to the opinions of people who assume over-55 sex needs a trigger warning.
The sheer waves of suicidal ideation which rise up ever time I think about "Frankly, I warn for 'Old People Sex' if the parties are over 55 or so" are so hard to combat, one might really welcome a serial killer, know what I mean? Bit of attention, at least.
Of course, wanting attention is terribly problematic. And requires a trigger wanrning.