Safe spaces, often misrepresented as sheltering their inhabitants and stifling outsiders’ opinions, are generally intended by their creators to encourage identity-focused conversation without risk of physical or emotional harm.
Have you ever felt drained after working to continue smiling at disrespectful customers or faking interest in a coworker’s relationship issues? This type of effort has a name: emotional labor.
Whether or not the IFC will succeed in overhauling fraternity culture, and whether those changes will be enough to protect women on our campus, remains to be seen.
In her letter to the NEA chair, Rich stated: “There is no simple formula for the relationship of art to justice. But I do know that art—in my own case the art of poetry — means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of power which holds it hostage.”