I think most of you know I work in the HE sector. There was a discussion on the radio this morning about Safe Spaces and they interviewed an academic who was told she couldn’t speak to medics at Kings about the effect of porn on young women because of a remark she made on the Moral Maze about transgender activists being abusive.
I remember this case and, to me, it highlighted a growing unease that I, and many of my fellow academics, have about safe spaces in general and the quashing of debate and free speech on campus.
This forum (Sotonians) is actually pretty good at allowing freedom to debate and discuss ideas without generally straying into personal attacks (too much, at least) and we can all generally retain our sense of humour.
I think a lot of this is down to @pap allowing debate to continue, even when he is seemingly against all but two or three of the Sotonians community (as is the case of the Brexit thread). A few times, I’ve half expected him to close down the forum when it seems he’s arguing against everyone, but fair play to him, he let’s it keep going and doesn’t flounce off in a fit of pique.
But, this isn’t supposed to be about Sotonians, it is about our tender youth who, it seems, need protecting from views, opinions and thoughts that might harm their well-being.
So, what is your view of safe spaces and barring people from speaking on campuses up and down the country?