Club Monroe made big news this week when it released a public announcement that it was now considered a “safe space” for all gender identities and orientations. After months of reports that strait men were prowling for lesbians at the popular dance club, further investigation revealed that there were groups of men that would wait outside of the back door of the club and physically assault transgender and cross dressing patrons.
The news that the “safe space” would be strictly enforced by security guards was met with friction from men that are rightfully entitled to have their own way and say what they want to say. Arguing freedom of speech, these people insist that expressing their pinion is not a crime.
The problem with safe spaces is that they’re highly exclusionary. If we really want to create an environment in which we can all be comfortable, we can’t just make space where the normally “oppressed” parties feel comfortable. Where does that leave the rest of us?
Freedom of expression is a pillar of American socialization. Anybody should be able to say whatever they want. If it offends somebody, perhaps the subject would be better off being less sensitive. Safe spaces keep otherwise normally evolving people from ever developing a sense of humor about the things and people that oppress them.
Safe spaces support a newly wide spread idea the cis white males are somehow offending sensitive queers left and right. There is a war on straight white males right now that can’t be ignored. They can’t even go into a gay club and dance.
Comedians, actors, and public figures are being chastised on the internet by faminazis, queers, and foreigners for saying things that may perceived as ignorant or insensitive. This leave those that experience the lash outs to wonder: Who ever said we had to cater to the sensitive?
The effect that safe spaces have on the public is still up to debate. Each perspective has such strong opinions, that it’s very obvious that the minorities have no chance. The voices that are shouting, “Stop the assaults,” are the same voices that are so easily quieted by violence and money. How sincere could they really be?