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Social Justice Awareness (Minus the Wank)

Because Social Justice is Complicated Enough Without the Wank

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Because Social Justice is Complicated Enough Without the Wank


social justice: promoting respect and equity upon all people of all minority and majority demographics

SJA: short for social justice activist/activism/awareness - promoting social justice with the specific goal of educating people to be more equitable and respectful of all people regardless of demographic (or, someone who does all this). Best taken as a compliment.

SJW: short for social justice warrior/wanker - someone who uses social justice and social justice activism/awareness to bully, harass, and dogpile people, often over semantic mistakes as much as legitimate offense, refusing to accept apologies or acknowledge mistakes for being just that, and general using SJ(A) to be an asshole. As you can probably tell, it's generally not used as a compliment.


Social justice is complicated, especially when it comes to semantics and terminology. It doesn't help that most people grow up in a culture that doesn't place too much genuine value on it at best, or are heavily bigoted at worst, and so have no idea what social justice is or what it entails or how the details work. And that's before you factor in thins like geographic and generation gaps - what's insulting to people of one area or age group is a compliment to another, and a nonissue to someone else.

Fandom used to be pretty open to honest discussion of this stuff, but with the SJW tendency as of late to dogpile people for the tiniest of mistakes, to harass people even after they have apologized and corrected mistakes, and to generally bully people using SJ as their stick of choice.

But it's pretty obvious that's only going to alienate people - allies and relevant minorities alike. People who might help further the over all march towards equality will instead turn away from the cause, and may even veer back into bigotry because of SJW assholery. At the same time, there are legitimate issues, legitimate problems, and all sorts of things which actually need to be addressed.

So let's bring that discussion back. Open, helpful, and moving forward.

And most importantly: without the wank.

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