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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The only things that foster parents need to do are to give the kittens a safe space to hang out and grow, and give them lots of love. Robert Rhoden,, "La. black bear makes himself at home in city of Winnfield: report," 1 June 2018 So our room was very tense and stressful and not a safe space. Yvonne Villarreal,, "Showrunners from 'Roseanne,' 'The Americans' and more on the challenges of standing out in the Peak TV era," 18 May 2018 Maybe not everyone is on board yet, but social media has certainly become a safer space for people to strip down, forgo the filters, and get raw with their followers. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "What the Skin-Acceptance Movement Means for People With Conditions Like Mine," 29 June 2018 Schilling also suggested the tech company had borrowed some social behaviors from college campuses, where safe spaces and trigger warnings abound, and where Trumpism is as welcome as a mandatory math course. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Is Silicon Valley Silencing Conservatives on Social Media?," 15 Mar. 2018 Talk to your co-workers about Ramadan and its significance to you, and state your expectations to be accommodated, such as time to break your fast and a safe space to pray. Tasnim Ahmed, Allure, "Observing Ramadan Means So Much More to Me Than Just Fasting," 15 May 2018 The words internet and safe space don't go together often these days. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "The Women Keeping Reddit's Beauty Community a Judgement-Free Space," 24 Apr. 2018 Keep the lid off and transfer the metal base to the kitchen sink or other safe space away from plastic or meltable materials. Alex Van Buren, idahostatesman, "Instant Pot vs. Dutch oven: Which makes better food? | Idaho Statesman," 22 Feb. 2018 Make sure that people have a safe space to pursue work in their community, to bring their whole selves to work and participate in their communities as well. Carly Berwick /, NBC News, "Beyond diversity hiring: How Google's Reena Jana is creating a more inclusive workplace," 8 Feb. 2018

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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