ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Modern Problems: What Is a Safe Space?

Updated on June 22, 2020
Kyler J Falk profile image

Social issues can only be remedied by a collective acceptance of those opinions we view as opposing our own.


Back in the good ole years of the Obama administration, "safe spaces," became a frequently used phrase for both good and evil. From the left you had a calling out for sanctuary from the world, and from the right you had lambasting for the left wanting to produce, "snowflakes," and neither side did the topic justice. In these days I was in college, and I had the pleasure of discerning what safe spaces were all about by visiting one for myself.

Safe spaces were way more than what I was expecting them to be.

What Is a Safe Space?

Definition of safe space: "A place or environment in which a person or category of people can feel confident that they will not be exposed to discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any other emotional or physical harm."

Now this definition does well at shoehorning a callous definition into a term, and I absolutely agree with it, but I want to try to give a better and more personal perspective of what I saw in the safe space I visited. The safe space I visited was all that this definition claimed and much more.

Safe space was a place that you could go where people would, essentially, mediate any conversation on any topic you would wish to discuss. You could be a racist, sexist, homophobic piece of human trash wanting to explore your own thoughts, or you could be the converse militant anti-racist, militant anti-sexist, or militant activist wanting to calmly discuss with your, "aggressors," what your problem with them was. It was truly a place of acceptance and understanding for everyone, no matter what beliefs, backgrounds, and personal expressions we chose.


Inside a Safe Space

I'll readily admit that, because of the media attention and their exaggerations, when I signed on to mediate a safe space environment I was expecting a sob-fest of hypersensitive leftists wanting to rip into me for being conservative-leaning at the time. I mean, that's what the media portrayed these things to be, a place where leftists would congregate to scream into an echo chamber; and granted, sometimes it was like that and those people were asked to present things in a fair manner conducive to everyone's acceptance and understanding, or they were asked to leave if they could not do so. What occurred in safe space stayed in safe space, and I respect the anonymity of the safe space, but I'm going to give some general examples of things we explored in safe space.

The most prominent of all the stories was from an individual who was raised Christian, in what they described as a cult. This cult regularly passed them around as a sexual object, and they discussed how this turned them into an atheist and how any time they heard about God it would cause them physical and emotional pain. This person was, "brought back to God," by the Christians in the group who went on to pursue justice on this person's behalf. Essentially, these Christians believed, "God isn't a deity, God is our actions and Heaven is what we make it here on Earth."

On another occasion we had hosted a group that wanted to discuss racism, both racists and anti-racists showed up to the meeting. Quite a few representing both sides, and the revelations from both sides were astounding. The most astounding revelation during this meeting, by my standards, was that we concluded, "Everyone seems to be biologically drawn to some form of racism, and by fighting militantly for one side or another we only created more racism," and within this same meeting we did an exercise where many ended up switching from one side to another.

I'll save you from any more stories and reading, but I believe the point here has been that when people sought to discuss things fairly and safely, we discovered we were all actually pretty rational despite some of our more seemingly-irrational beliefs. It took one of these, "safe spaces," to bring out the best in people.

Imagine what it would be like if we could all create a safe space for everyone we talk to; it'd be a brighter world for those of us struggling the worst!

Do you think a safe space would benefit you and your opinions?

See results

A Relevant and Necessary Place

Hopefully you actually took the time to read this article, because it is so relevant and important to touch on. I always tell people that they need to seek to understand those they disagree with, because if they do not then they are only going to compound the issue with their ignorance of their opponent. If you don't like the word safe space, the idea of a safe place, then look at it like a military general; a safe space is really just a way for you to study your enemy and get into their head.

Even a military general needs to think as his enemy thinks, know them inside and out, and most generals—if you can pardon my jest—aren't absolute snowflakes. Safe space is a place to come to know your enemy, to make your enemy a friend, or to get a better understanding of the mechanisms for problems in society. A safe space is a place where you don't have to fight to express your opinion, you don't need to give in to performative cruelty, and you can trust that those who do not respect others will be justly and swiftly reprimanded to the benefit of everyone.

Safe spaces are a place to have a voice, where the government would prefer you were silenced under the boot of those they make your opponents.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)