Do "safe spaces" not hinder the development of individuals?
"Hinder their development" is a good way to put it because what so-called safe spaces are supposed to do does not teach a student about the realities of the world.
No, safe spaces don't hinder the development of any individuals. Rather, they provide a break or a relief from what may be an environment that is hostile to their growth and development.
I don't think it's helpful to anyone's development to feel as though they may be beaten, cursed at, and generally treated like they are less than anyone else. Safe spaces give marginalized individuals a place where they are free from that oppression, and also teach those who are not marginalized to be more respectful of each others differences.
Those who contend that safe spaces aren't representative of the "real world" often come from groups that have never been oppressed or marginalized, and have no idea what it's like to live that way. Safe spaces provide some relief from that lack if awareness and empathy, as well.
Yes, when applied on a large scale. Having private meetings for any personal or sensitive subject is reasonable.
Applying the modern definition of "safe" as "no one can say anything contrary to my views" to all of society is a violation of the free speech rights of others.
And this practice hurts those who invoke it because they don't learn other viewpoints and give themselves an excuse to de-legitimize the other speakers.
The insanity is when they add "you can't hurt my feelings not even with contrary facts" to "words equal violence" such that in the name of love, tolerance and safety, groups of liberals can disrupt conservative events and attack conservatives for violating the pure selves and sacred spaces of the liberals. That is fascism in the name of feelings.
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