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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And now, with the help of this collaboration, more young people can become aware of this safe space to express what's on their minds. Marci Robin, Allure, "Revlon Teams Up With Adwoa Aboah’s Gurls Talk for a Special Makeup Collaboration," 5 May 2019 If cities gave people more safe spaces to ride and park all modes of transportation, everyone would be happier. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Don’t ban scooters. Redesign streets.," 13 July 2018 The zone also provides a safe space for firefighters trying to defend your home from fire. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Fire season is here. State officials ask: Are you ready?," 9 June 2018 My blog, with cheyenne, provides a safe space for those who identify as female and struggle with mental health and body positivity. The Cut, "How 3 Cool New Yorkers Dress for Spring," 29 Mar. 2018 Have undergraduates ever asked them for a trigger warning or a safe space, in those words? Jonathan W. Wilson, Vox, "My students aren’t asking for safe spaces. They’re repressing past traumas to survive.," 12 Dec. 2018 If Trump voters see that show as a safe space, even better. Drew Magary, GQ, "Sarah Silverman Is the Troll Slayer," 23 May 2018 The eruv creates a safe space for Orthodox Jews to carry certain items they otherwise would be forbidden to carry while outside the home on the Sabbath. Susannah Bryan,, "What is an eruv?," 22 June 2018 Caveat creates a safe space for the spotlight to shine on the 13 survivors who’ll be taking the stage. Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "5 Comedy Shows to Catch in NYC This Weekend," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of safe space

1970, in the meaning defined above

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