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Safe spaces harm the p[eople they are meant to protect, it seems Watch

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    Have a read of this:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/...n-mind/399356/

    And then worry about how you will make the transition from being a coddled, over-protected snowflake to the real world of work and social interaction with non-snowflakes.
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    Sounds plausible - the campus trigger warnings seem to be turning into a game with students trying become social media heroes by catching the lecturers out and finding something new they can claim to find offensive... but of course we probably only get to hear about the funny / stupid ones which are most newsworthy.

    Also I wonder if there's nothing new under the sun... in the 1970's campus novel 'The History Man' there's a self righteous campaign to silence a visiting speaker (a geneticist) which gets out of hand - so presumably that sort of thing wasn't completely unheard of even back then.
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    Could someone please explain what a "safe space" actually is? Is it an actual space for people to go when the feel threatened or is it a set of rules intended to make the whole university a safe space? I'm from the north of Ireland and have never heard this term used in uni
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    Have a read of this:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/...n-mind/399356/

    And then worry about how you will make the transition from being a coddled, over-protected snowflake to the real world of work and social interaction with non-snowflakes.
    *

    Anyway,it doesn't look like the concept of safe spaces is going to go away anytime soon,I wonder who even came up with the whole idea to begin with*
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    (Original post by student2312)
    Could someone please explain what a "safe space" actually is? Is it an actual space for people to go when the feel threatened or is it a set of rules intended to make the whole university a safe space? I'm from the north of Ireland and have never heard this term used in uni
    It is primarily used as a means of silencing critics of student politicians of critics of policies and ideologies they espouse. It is a nebulous set of vague quidelines for behaviour that tries to prevent people having to confront things they dislike.
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    How does it work though?
    If anything safe space sounds like it should mean creating an area where everyone is safe to share, discuss and debate their ideas in a mature way, the idea of stopping this sounds like an exact contradiction of what university is about
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    (Original post by student2312)
    How does it work though?
    If anything safe space sounds like it should mean creating an area where everyone is safe to share, discuss and debate their ideas in a mature way, the idea of stopping this sounds like an exact contradiction of what university is about
    Quite! It seems to work by allowing anyone to say they have been, or could be, upset by hearing something. That something is then banned from being spoken. It results in (potential) dissidents on any particular issue not being allowed to attend meetings about that issue. White men have been banned from attending debates on racism and feminism, for instance.
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    Correct. Just as political correctness more broadly harms those groups we intend to protect. Example: rape gangs cover up
 
 
 
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