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Why your brave space sucks

I can’t recall how long it’s been since I’ve heard the term “safe space,” but it’s clear to me that it has fallen out of favor among educators and academics. I remember when I started interacting with the idea in my frosh year, when I learned that a safe space was a place where individuals…

Confessions of a trans woman

As an out and visible trans woman of color at Stanford, I refuse to be a fleeting memory for students to smile at in thirty years, a token trans person on campus. Stanford: it is your responsibility to do more than care about a theoretical community. It is long past due for concrete action to replace ineffective sentiment.

In defense of safe spaces

There are almost always critical spaces that push students from any and all communities to continue questioning and dealing with hard concepts, intersectionality, and conflicting worldviews. Most of these spaces are inherently unsafe in that some discussed ideas may be triggering or upsetting. I am not arguing that we should get rid of those spaces — the idea, however, that the presence of safe spaces detracts from the value of critical spaces is ridiculous.