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    Friday, July 14, 2006

    My Reaction to the WOC "Safe-Space" Thing

    Apparently, some white bloggers are objecting to being left out of WOC "safe-space". Their argument seems to be (and this is a patchy aggregate) that this inhibits coalitions. It doesn't. They remind me of the kid who thinks she has to be with her best friend every single day afterschool and at every lunch and recess and they have to sit next to each other on the bus both ways too, or else they're not really "best friends". Maybe that's a bad analogy, but I'm leaving it. Anyway, good people: stay out of safe spaces you're not supposed to be in. It's divisive (much more so than those spaces existing), disrespectful, pompous, and, frankly, fucking embarassing. Yes, it makes you feel left out, of course it does, if you are close with these folks. But it's not about you, it's not meant to hurt you, it's about what other people need.

    3 Comments:

    Anonymous Luke said...

    Actually, I think that's a really good analogy. people expect everyone to act like its a perfect world when it comes to race, gender...but those spaces exist for a reason like you said.. I think the whole "you're being divisive, you're the reason why racism, sexism still exists" has been one of the most consistent things i've seen especially during undergrad. Korean student association wants to get together? racists. black fraternity, men's or women's? they must hate white people. and of course, the old "women studies: man-haters."

    6:53 PM  
    Blogger Bella Sultane said...

    I agree. There are appropriate (and necessary) spaces for coalition-building. I think it's equally necessary to have spaces where people can speak freely, heal wounds, etc. among like(-minded) others. The key is to institute both types of arenas.

    8:03 PM  
    Blogger belledame222 said...

    Yeah, the best friend analogy is smart. I think it also taps into the rarely-talked about aspect of this: that this is by and large a(n) (acculturated) *female* phenomenon, this "we must always be together, we must never have conflicts or go our own way." It's *not* just about romantic male-female relationships, that. It's about "if we gt angry at each other one or both of us will die."

    8:47 AM  

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