I finally got around to reading this, yes thanks for sharing it!
Aside from the interesting nuance of safety vs comfort, this piece would be a great tool to confront or reassure the kinds of people who scoff at "Safe Space" policies and usual Social Justice language.
Thanks. Definitely a worthwhile read. My TLDR summary is safe space is not the same as
comfortable space. Learning and doing social justice work involve
risk and challenge. Sometimes safer space ground rules can be used to
uphold or prevent challenges to mainstream identities and power (white,
cis, male) by marginalized groups. One possibility is to reframe safe
space as brave space and use the discussion of what this means as a
tool, rather than treating it as an end point. A lot of this may
apply more to classrom learning spaces than to bike shops, but it could
probably be adapted.
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