Safe Space

Lowell, Massachusetts – A University of Massachusetts Lowell study shows that the origination of the Safe Space isn’t what one might expect.

For those that might not be familiar with what a Safe Space is, it’s a place where anyone can express without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of their sex, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, and/or physical/mental ability. Today, many progressive businesses such as restaurants, nightclubs and coffeeshops have a room or area removed from the main part of the building designated the Safe Space or Safe Area.

A study done at UMass Lowell shows that the origin and reason for creating Safe Spaces was something completely different. The study found the first Safe Space and the term Safe Space were created by a Yale fraternity to help them, as is quoted in the study, meet chicks.

Stuart Newell, a dropout of Yale is quoted in the study as saying that he and his brothers were sitting around one night lamenting how some girls go for sensitive guys. That is when they came up with the idea of the Safe Space. Newell said, “It turned out to work out great. We would go into the Safe Space and act all moody and shit and the girls ate that crap up. Their maternal instincts would kick in and they felt that they had to take care of us and boy did they!”

Next month, UMass Lowell is going to publish a study on the three date hookup rule.



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