Students put together a safety plan for the day of my speech that reads like parody, but was real. It included the now-common “safe spaces,” but also safety and emotional support teams. The Library was designated one such safe space and “will provide coloring books, zine kits, markers, construction paper etc.,” per a campus email. In case students had trouble finding a safe space, “Safe(r) spaces will be occupied by designated Vassar students with glowsticks.”
“We strongly urge you, on account of students undergoing serious and
real pain, to take our words and ideas seriously, and work towards
breaching the contract, ultimately preventing him from coming to campus
on Wednesday... We urge you to think critically about these things.
Rather than just engaging the abstract, we urge you to understand how
these ideas have physical implications for the safety and well-being of
real students on this campus..."
Because someone was going to point out that free speech includes people they don't like and ideas they don't agree with. I repeat: weak, whiny bitches.