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  • By Conor Friedersdorf

    At UC Davis, where student activists still hope to oust Chancellor Linda Katehi, critics of their activism are using concepts like “safe space” and “hostile climate” to attack it. […]

    • If you don’t “feel safe” that is your problem. It is the concern of the police only if someone harmed you or threatened to harm you.

    • The concept of safe spaces is deeply flawed. It represents a kind of selfish cowardice and an inability to be a responsible and contributing adult citizen prepared to engage with reality. It is entirely to be found amongst the under informed and the under thought-through. Once they have exhausted their thin pitch, used up their ad hominems, their maligning of intentions in place of seeking a real comprehension of motives, they move on to silencing. This impoverishing of debate of properly dealing with problems and building a mutuality of sorts with EVERYONE, eventually spirals down in the meanest of spirits into end states like burqas, the ultimate vade mecum safe space for women (no, honestly, Darling), and Fox News, the perfect, safe, consolation for the fearful and bitter elderly (median viewer age 68).

    • phil rimmer #2
      Apr 24, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      The concept of safe spaces is deeply flawed.

      The Victorians had “safe spaces” for those who felt threatened by reality and whose reactions were a threat to the real people around them.

      These “safe spaces” were known as “padded cells”, in establishments which kept the inmates well isolated from interactions with the outside world!

    • Alan #3

      Yep, an intellectually impervious prison, with the jailers keenest to be inmates.

    • “safe space” just sounds like a euphemism for a toilet cubicle. which is the only safe space you need in college. what’s more it’s already gender segregated for those frightened of biological differences and you have every right to complain if someone walks in and says something you don’t wish to hear