Threshold: What “counts” as trauma?

Bill O’Reilly doesn’t categorize his own upbringing as “abusive.”  Many Euro-Americans don’t see the treatment of Native Americans as genocide. How do we decide what “counts” as trauma?  Who decides this?  Does surviving one trauma grant one the authority to gauge the traumas of others?

Do adult children of abuse often reach standpoint?

Standpoint theory is about not just social position, but intellectual realization.  And for children who have experienced abuse, that experience would be internalized as “normal” at a very young age, making self realization difficult. I’m thinking of Bill O’Reilly, who described textbook physical abuse and then denied that he had ever been abused.  Given the subsequent…