safe space


Definition of safe space 

: a place (as on a college campus) intended to be free of bias, conflict, criticism, or potentially threatening actions, ideas, or conversations … student volunteers put up posters advertising that a "safe space" would be available for anyone who found the debate too upsetting.— Judith Shulevitz Women, sexual assault victims, people of color, transgender students. College campuses have created "safe spaces" for all sorts of marginalized groups.— Catherine Rampell

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How much does the pleasure of reading stem from our ability to judge people in a safe space where no one will judge us?, "Why Curtis Sittenfeld Will (Probably) Never Write a Melania Trump Novel," 17 May 2018 Buffy's vampires can't enter a private home without an invitation, and Andras gave the Earp family their own safe space from revenants. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Wynonna Earp’s wild season 3 finale takes the series to a whole new level," 2 Oct. 2018 In their ongoing quest to trigger liberal snowflakes to run back to their safe spaces, some conservatives — particularly conservative women — have begun a new social media trend to rile those leftists up: plastic straw use. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Conservatives Attempt to Assert Troll Liberals by Using Plastic Straws," 1 Aug. 2018 No kid, no person, should ever have to fear that at any second, a shooter could walk into their safe space and end their life. Sofie Whitney, Glamour, "Parkland Shooting Survivor Sofie Whitney: How We Want Adults to Be Supporting Us, Not Overshadowing Us," 21 Mar. 2018 The center, which opened in 2016, houses 120 people and provides them with access to legal services and counseling and functions as a safe space for LGBTQ refugees to share their experiences. NBC News, "Berlin's LGBTQ refugee center a haven for those fleeing civil war, homophobia," 9 Mar. 2018 Randle, photojournalist Shelly Yang and digital journalist Neil Nakahodo won first place in the profile category for work on transgender teens finding a safe space at KC Passages. Max Londberg, kansascity, "The Kansas City Star wins 10 reporting awards from local Press Club," 26 June 2018 Under this view, the idea of giving people a safe space to use drugs is downright counterintuitive. German Lopez, Vox, "Why some US cities are opening safe spaces for injecting heroin," 3 May 2018 Mariela Estrada, the community outreach director of the OIG and a resident of Gage Park, ensures that public meetings are bilingual and in a safe space without the media. Jacqueline Serrato,, "Chicago gang database under review by oversight agency," 13 Apr. 2018

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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