There's been a lot of debat in this spot on the general idea of progressive "softies" who need "safe spaces" to avoid being "triggered."
The talk of these kinds of people generally devolves into hyperbolized stereotypes of wimpy college students using it as an excuse not to do their homework, for example. Acronyms like "SJWs" get thrown around, and people express their frustration about feeling like they're walking on egg shells, atau censored, atau having to cater to other people's over-sensitivity in order to avoid being accused of an "ism" of some sort atau another. People feel like they're being attacked for their opinions.
The pertanyaan invariably becomes: Why do we need so many aman, brankas spaces, and why do I feel like my freedom of expression is at risk?
So I'm here to answer those pertanyaan in a non-judgmental way, and to explain what these places are and who they help. Hopefully, I'll be able to do this in a way that doesn't offend atau frustrate you. anda know -- safely.
Allow me to begin oleh defining a few terms. A safe space
is supposed to be places located on the internet and offline (like in colleges and schools) where individuals can go to express and discuss sensitive topics and have a supportive atmosphere. In order to keep these spaces "safe," there are often rules that are enforced as much as they can be oleh moderators and other facilitators of discussion. Certain tampilan -- for example, hate speech, bigotry, and oppressive commentary -- are strictly not allowed.
An echo chamber
is a luar angkasa where people always agree and repeat the same ideas, providing positive feedback for specific opinions deemed "right" atau "truth" to the point that it becomes almost indistinguishable from fact. No one brings up new ideas in echo chambers, atau challenges the prevailing opinions.
is a term that evolved from psychology, specifically in relation to trauma and those who have endured it. A trigger warning
, atau less controversially a content warning
in artikel and other media is meant to be a yellow flag for anyone who has experienced trauma that the artikel atau media might discuss. Usually, triggers include sexual assault, violence, drugs, alcohol, atau abuse of any sort. Privilege
is something that everyone (for the most part) has in some shape atau form. A lot of times, privilege is just seen as something anda have atau don't have (particularly if anda are a white male), but it's far lebih layered than that.
I could write an entire artikel on its own
about privilege (link
), but for the purposes of this article, let's just define it as something anda have oleh luck, genetics, atau circumstances, that gives anda an advantage over those who don't (whether anda are aware of it atau not).
In this context, let's focus on the privilege of not having experienced trauma. After all, it's generally these people who criticize trigger warnings and aman, brankas spaces.
"Wait, Cinders," I hear someone saying. "I've experienced trauma, and I also think aman, brankas spaces and trigger warnings are for pussies."
OK, I hear you. I'm generalizing again, and I'm sorry. But consider your trauma for a second. How did anda pindah through it? Did anda have a family to support you? Did anda have money for a therapist? Did your insurance cover it? Was the law on your side? Were anda able to overcome your trauma and live a mostly normal, and healthy life afterwards?
If anda answered yes to any of those questions, anda may have had resources available to anda that other people did not. And that's privilege. Just because it isn't a problem for you, doesn't mean it's not a problem for someone else.
It's easy to tell people to just "get over" something, when it's not something we ourselves have personally been through. That's when we need to realize that our experience is not these people's experiences, and they are the expert on their own lives. That's why we have trigger warnings; so that people can make informed decisions about the content they read.
Because trigger warnings are generally related to violence atau trauma and not
political ideas, they don't contribute to echo chambers, either. Especially as the people using trigger warnings are generally liberals. And they help people to brace themselves for what they are about to read, if they chose to go on.
Remember: anda have not experienced their trauma. So give them a break, huh?
Let's get back to aman, brankas spaces. If there are rules about the things that are allowed to be berkata here, how is it not stifling freedom of expression and creating an echo chamber?
What a great
question! I cinta this pertanyaan because its jantung is in the right place, and it wants to promote the exchange of ideas and get rid of echo chambers.
To be clear, echo chambers are not only pointless, they can actually be harmful to progress. Hearing the same ideas over and over again can solidify them into a person's brain until they are unwilling to listen to anything else, atau try anything new. Liberals and conservatives alike are guilty of this. Liberals and conservatives create their own echo chambers, and this is one reason that the world is so divided right now into us-versus-them camps. But aman, brankas Spaces are not echo chambers.
aman, brankas spaces are a place for the marginalized and the victimized. Think of them like mental and emotional rehab. anda wouldn't let alcohol into an AA meeting. No emotional abuse is accepted in a meeting for emotional abuse survivors. That's why these rules exist. They are there to promote healing, to build bonds, to build community, and to tampil people who have been stepped on and ostracized and humiliated that they are not alone, that they have a tribe, and that they are protected. Safe spaces and trigger warnings aren't for the weak. They're for the survivors.
They're for soldiers, fighting battles we never see because they hide them so well. They're for people who were kicked out of their homes oleh people they thought loved them. People who were betrayed in the most personal way oleh a stranger, atau worse, someone they thought they could trust. People who are yelled at and harassed every hari walking down the jalan, street just because of their faith, atau skin color, atau sex. They're for people who are just struggling to get through the selanjutnya day, who want to talk about the things that are bothering them in a place where they know their feelings and experiences won't be mocked atau criticized. And yet, mocking those survivors is exactly what some people are doing.
Whenever I see a comic, atau watch a pundit, belittling people who need aman, brankas spaces as over sensitive liberals, these are the people I imagine them insulting. Not victims, but veterans, of battles that the people criticizing know nothing
aman, brankas spaces do not
infringe on freedom of expression, because people who disagree with it are free to express that literally anywhere else
. That's why there are so many artikel criticizing aman, brankas spaces! That's why we can have a conversation! Because, in all honesty, the debat spot and the Internet in general isn't
a aman, brankas space. It's a war zone for battling opinions and conflicting ideas and progress. And it fights the good fight. But there's a place for aman, brankas spaces, too. Safe spaces are for healing, not debate.
They are a respite from the battles these people are fighting. A place to find a tribe. Safe spaces promote diversity of ideas oleh allowing people to speak without fear of criticism.
There is a time and place for criticism. The internet is rife with forum for it, like this one, where people are allowed to point out flaws in ideas. And I cinta that the debat spot is one of those places. But sometimes, because of privilege (yup, berkata that word again), some ideas are stifled.
In the debat spot, at least a few years ago, the liberals outnumbered the conservatives oleh a heavy amount, and I link
this fact at length, fearing this would become another liberal echo chamber. The liberals had the privilege, and the conservatives could barely say anything without getting pounced on oleh three other users willing to debat their view.
How could they even defend themselves?
In aman, brankas spaces, we can guarantee diversity of thought because there is diversity of perspective. Barring hate speech doesn't mean barring dissent. And we can hear from marginalized groups who don't normally get a voice. Where do anda think the trans rights movement came from; out of thin air? It came from aman, brankas spaces.
In short, try not to be so dismissive of aman, brankas spaces, trigger warnings, atau the people they help. It's not about being overly sensitive, atau not being tough. It's about empathy. It's about giving veterans a break from the war, and helping them keep fighting.
It's about being an ally; not an enemy.