I have one question in particular since I'm new:
I've never seen something like that in any other forum so I went through rules and guide and search function to find out what these topics are good for. I think I basically understood the intention: they're supposed to be places for certain groups of people to talk amongst themselves without arguments and questioning. Right?
Ok, now I was just wondering why only some groups of people get safespaces and others don't. E.g., the search function revealed a safespace for men which has been locked after only a couple posts, the bottom line of the debate in there was simply "men don't need a safespace". Well, why so?
What's more, the queer and "colored" safespaces seem to work on the basis that they are open for all people except for one group. I don't get it?
It seems to come down to that I, being a straight white guy with no disabilities or mental health problems have no access to any safespace whilst my ex (if she was active here), herself being a queer colored disabled woman, could go into any safespace. Looks kind of odd to me regarding I was always being taught that all people are supposed to be equal
Well, I expanded my forum search to get myself informed, and I found an old thread about this. Unfortunately, that thread turned at an early stage into a heated up discussion and got locked; I wasn't able to find any answer why only certain kinds of safespaces seem to be appropriate. Which, however, appears to be a general feature to be connected with these safespace threads: as soon as anyone asks why they exist or what they are good for or even if only a "wrong" person answers in one of these threads, things instantly get heated up and topics get locked without a sound, dry discussion having taken place. That's at least the so-far result of my little forum research out of curiosity...
Now don't get me wrong, I know this is just an internet forum and nothing of this is going to bother me - if this is the way this forum works, I'm fine with it and I won't whine around and stuff. I'm just saying, being new here the whole thing looks kind of grotesque to me. Maybe I got a wrong impression, maybe I didn't search enough or I don't know about a sensible history behind this? - Please let me know if I'm wrong