Safe for thee, but not meSafe for thee, but not meEditor's Note: I met Malcolm at a National Association of Scholars (NAS) meeting a few years ago.  He describes himself thusly, "Malcolm Allen is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, where he has taught since 1990.  Openly conservative, since the mid-nineties, he has been glared at, publicly hissed, and urged to perform a physical impossibility upon himself."

Lucky guy has tenure, but Dissident Prof still applauds him for advocating for a safe space for conservatives.  He says what few dare to say and with a witty British accent to boot.  We preface his manifesto with his brief explanation of the concept of a "safe space" on campus for the benefit of lay readers, who might think of safe spaces as those where a hard hat or a Glock can be set by one's side. 

Safe Space for Conservatives by Malcolm Allen

In early 2009 the then Secretary of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley's Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) sent a general e-mail asking if staff and faculty would volunteer their offices as "Safe Spaces." Those who responded favorably were given ad hoc stickers bearing an inverted pink triangle to put on their office doors (the illustration shows the much fancier one handed out recently).  These stickers indicate that the staff or faculty members who display them do not, in the words of Wikipedia's entry on the "Safe Space" movement, "tolerate anti-LGBT violence and harassment and [are] open and accepting, thereby creating a safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and all students."  Well, I am not myself an LGBT person but I would protest against bad behaviour directed at those who are, and I hope too that my LGBT colleagues, students, and friends think I treat them exactly as I treat heterosexuals.  Furthermore, I would be surprised to learn that any "space" in the world is more friendly to homosexuals than the academy, even without pink triangles.  What we have here is a little passive aggression on the part of the "Safe Space" movement's instigators, usefully combined with the opportunity for an ever-so-slightly self-conscious display of public virtue on the part of the elect.  The people on college campuses who do regularly come in for casual rudeness--or systematic harassment--are conservatives.  Hence my appeal below.

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