Farrago: Autonomous Spaces

28 Jul

This article in Farrago talks about autonomous spaces. While the specific example here is the Queer Room and the Queer Department, it is easy to see how these ideas can apply to the Wom*n’s Room and the Wom*n’s Department.

“Autonomous areas, which are reserved for the use of a particular identity group, are not always popular. The charge of “reverse discrimination” is often levelled: why should any group have access to resources that aren’t available to the wider population? Another criticism that worries me more is that autonomous spaces can be too exclusive. If entry is based upon adherence to a strictly defined identity group, then people who would otherwise benefit from access may be made to feel unwelcome…”

Have a read, and leave your responses in the comments.

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