Dear safe spacers. Let’s begin with a premise: Anything that absolves you from personal responsibility puts you in danger. This is not blaming the victim – this is acknowledging that the victim DOES have an effect on their lives.
I blame the Bad Guy for doing bad things. But I expect the potential victim to take all steps possible to prevent those things from happening.
Is a rapist responsible for his actions? Yes.
Is the victim responsible for the rapist’s actions? No.
Could the victim have prevented it? Maybe.
Going to one extreme, a victim pulling a Glock and putting a burst into the potential rapist’s head could certainly prevent things from going further.
This is the victim’s choice. The victim isn’t responsible, but they can choose to take steps to protect themselves.
Stupid things you shouldn’t do
You don’t fall asleep on train tracks. It’s not a good way to live to see the next sunrise. (This counts as a stupid thing to do.)
You don’t throw a bucket of blood into a school of tuna during the tuna run, and then go surfing there. Why not? Because the conditions are perfect for sharks to be going wild.
You especially don’t do these things and then yell and protest against “irresponsible train-driving culture” or “shark culture”.
Because these examples aren’t political it’s easier to see how absurd they are. And because they aren’t political it’s also easier to admit that we play a role in what happens to us.
All those people that think a woman should be able to get passed-out drunk in an isolated room at a no-underwear fraternity party and have nothing bad happen are correct. They should be able to do that.
However, these conditions are perfect for sharks rapists to be having a field day.
I should also be able to leave my TV in my front garden and my front door unlocked and have nothing stolen. But I’m pretty sure all those make-the-rapist-change-his-ways protesters still lock their homes when they leave in the mornings. And yet there aren’t any “TV theft culture” protests.
Now let’s move onto “safe spaces”. A safe space, in contemporary universiteese speak, refers to a suitably demarkated area where you can relax safe in the knowledge that nobody will confront you with uncomfortable/challenging ideas or thoughts will bother you. Again, notice where the responsibility lies, i.e. with the other person. They must leave you alone. They must want to leave you alone.
Anything that absolves you from taking responsibility makes you less safe. Dangerously so because it brainwashes you into expecting the rest of the world to leave you alone instead of understanding that there is no safety but what you make.
Me? When I want to be left alone, I put in the required effort to make it happen.
University is a place to be challenged by new ideas. To CONFRONT new thoughts, especially uncomfortable ones (they usually challenge you the most). By their nature university debates are confrontational things – this is how we grow: by overcoming/taming/mastering challenges. The mark of an educated mind is that it can entertain an idea without necessarily accepting it. Well the “safe spaces” people are avoiding ideas completely.
What is a real safe space?
My home is my safe space. I made it so. I put in the effort to keep out BG’s. I planted thorny bushes along fences. I put up outside spotlights. I trained our large dog. It has burglar bars over the windows. I carry weapons that I train with. My family runs the occasional SHTF drill. We have fire extinguishers.
Your spineless university “safe space” is the same as leaving the door to your house open with the TV unplugged and packaged by the door, ready to go. And you’re expecting the world (i.e. the state) to keep the BG’s away?
And you whine when someone speaks an uncomfortable thought?
What happens when they steal your TV? Gonna complain about those mean BG’s? Everybody knows there are BG’s. Everybody knows that laws and words don’t do squat. That’s why doors come with locks. Most people understand the reality. “Safe Space” people are trying to change their reality by complaining that they don’t like the reality.
The essence of “safe spaces”
Basically these people are trying to make a political point in public. And what do we know about being politically active in public? It often leads to riots/police clashes. Inviting (some might say invoking) police action against yourself isn’t a good way to stay safe.
My home is my safe space; I have fortified it to make it so; I am a walking safe space; I carry tools to help effect this; I try to educate myself the best I can so that I can spot trouble from as far off as possible so that I don’t need the tools.
Why is the space around me safe (for my wife and kids)? Because I made it so.
Why is your safe space “safe”? Because you asked the world to make it so for you (that way you avoid having to be an adult for a bit longer.)
Enjoy your designated, static, not-really “safe space” (I’m sure your social boundaries will protect you).
For any angry “safe spacers”, the only thing left to say to you is this: