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

Examples of safe space in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Owners are given plenty of latitude to create a safe space for dining, which fills them and their customers with angst. Washington Post, "A never-Trumper tried to drag Domino’s over an 8-year-old tweet. The pizza giant was just saying thanks.," 26 June 2020 Create a safe space for your pup with this adjustable dog crate. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "New dog? Here’s everything you’ll need to make your pup happy," 25 June 2020 Founder Zim Ugochukwu created a safe space for the Black traveler to be seen. Bianca Lambert, Travel + Leisure, "16 Black Travel Influencers to Follow on Instagram Now," 18 June 2020 In normal times, Mathews' classroom is a safe space to have those discussions. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "Kids need to talk about George Floyd, protests and racism. With coronavirus school closures, it's hard to do.," 4 June 2020 This allows a safe space for pets in need as they are given a second chance at life to find another forever home when there are no other alternatives or plans in place in situations like these. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Betsy and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 12 June 2020 As the first trans designer to show at New York Fashion Week, Perrie Davies is working to build a safe space for underrepresented community members in a notoriously exclusive industry. Erin Parker, Glamour, "19 LGBTQ+ Brands to Shop During Pride Month and Beyond," 11 June 2020 Yet moving Pride events online is in many ways fitting for a community for whom the dawn of the digital age provided a safe space for connection and coming out. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "Internet 'a lifeline' for the LGBTQ community: Why the spirit of Pride Month will prevail as events move online," 11 June 2020 Plus, there are the social benefits—quizzes are a safe space. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "The Dizzying Meta-Narratives of “Quiz”," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of safe space

1970, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2020

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“Safe space.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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