Babes who Blade didn’t start as something to hate-read. But after a year and a half and the addition of 6,000-plus members, it’s hard to think of much else to do there.
For those unfamiliar, Babes Who Blade is a private Facebook group for anyone who isn’t a cisgender male, started by UNC students in July 2017. According to the group’s "about" section, it’s a space that provides services ranging “from advice to emotional support to recommendations.” And there are a lot of those things in the group — posters frequently ask for recommendations when picking classes, advice on going to therapy and help dealing with the aftermath of trauma.
There are also content warnings for narcissism, Canada and “spooky stuff” — things that minimize the reality of trauma for many in the group.
There are reams of comments on posts of white women trying to one-up each others’ sense of social justice, dotted lightly by comments of people of color that are quashed under the tide of white neoliberals patting each other on the back.
Babes Who Blade has evolved into a deeply unfunny parody of a liberal safe space; at the same time, it’s become an actual unsafe space for the people of color, LGBTQ+ people and mentally ill people that it claims to protect.