A couple of weeks ago, a new collaborative blog – Safe Space – was launched.
For the past year or so I’ve been unconvinced by the concept of “safe space” on the internet – a space where people can be free to share/be who and what they are completely without fear of abuse, hate, ridicule, triggers or trolling. It seems like too big a goal both with how massive the internet and it’s trolling problems have become and the fact that for some people what is acceptable and OK can be what’s triggering, abusive or upsetting for others. Online (and in person) safe spaces are a worthwhile goal and one that is needed but the implementation seems problematic to me (especially when some communities like the disability one can’t even agree on what’s the correct language to use)
But I completely agree with the idea of Safe Space, the blog and I’m pleased that I’m going to be part of the team.
Jess, who founded the site wrote:
Here at Safe Space we understand that it’s hard as f**k being a girl. Periods, sexism and trying to put on eyeliner can be all in a days work.
Safe Space is a place where a group of women bring you posts about trying to hold their shit together. Talking honestly about mental health, feminism, sexuality and other important life stuff.
No judgment, no hate, because it’s already tough enough being a girl.
I’m going to be posting there every other Friday. I had a fair amount of self doubt about doing so but the other writers are a brilliant, friendly and supportive bunch who have been very encouraging and supporting. And I’m really enjoying the posts that they have shared.
The first week the site launched we each shared – What Makes Me, Me. That was a tough subject to write about as it needed more than a bio. But I think most of us found that.
Mine turned out to be a little different than planned. I had it written and then on my way home the night before I realised I needed to make a small tweak. Then when I logged online I saw an old school friend had died and ended up making more changes than I had planned.
My second post went live on the site yesterday morning. I spent most of the day out doing errands then having lunch with a friend in Oxford etc. I came home to my twitter notifications full of really positive and encouraging feedback.
That post was about self worth and is called Because I’m Worth It.