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Safer Semantic Spaces

I recently heard that, in Berlin's club scene, there's a bit of a debate going on as to whether the Left should be using the term 'safer space' instead of 'safe space'. For those not in the know, a 'safe space' is a place where women*, queers and people of colour aren't discriminated against. In theory, anyways.
Right from the outset, I have to admit that I dislike these kinds of debates. But apart from the little voice inside me asking is this discussion really the best use of our energy, I find myself troubled by this debate for deeper reasons.  To me, the term 'safe space' has always denoted an aim: it's a future state rather than a present one. And, as a woman, sometimes just the aim of being safe and equal is all that gets me out of bed in the morning.  
I'm fully aware that, as long as we live under patriarchy, there will be nothing that can really be called a safe space. It's hard not to know that, growing up as I did sur…

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