Are safe spaces really safe?

OVER recent years, the language of creating and sustaining safe spaces has become one I hear more and more often, especially in feminist spaces. For a time, I accepted this language uncritically, neither thinking more broadly about what a safe space truly requires nor introspecting around the various problematics that such spaces often bring with them.

As such, I think it’s important to reflect on some of the issues and factors often working against this idea [or ideal], ironically turning spaces that should provide us greatest safety from societal rebuke and judgement into some of the most toxic environments for our politics.

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