SJW is an acronym for ‘social justice warrior’. It used to have a positive connotation, because social justice is, in and of itself, a good thing, right?

However in more recent times, it’s been co-opted by numerous amount of people that the entire rhetoric behind “social justice” has turned wishy-washy. In other words, it’s not fresh news. People are getting sick and tired of SJWs who interpret every situation as needing justice, even if it’s something as frivolous as a black dude who got a small coffee instead of the large they ordered.

The problem with SJWs in the 21st century isn’t their intentions per se (social justice is inherently good), but rather the fact that their constant bickering does absolutely nothing to address or mitigate the REAL inequalities that exist in the world today. And I’m sure that 99% of SJWs have not even had any proper university education in the social sciences, so most of the things they say are coming from their ass. In reality, most SJWs are just on an ego trip, and take to Twitter to brandish their “wokeness“.What a SJW on Twitter would say: “OMFG so this white male employee at McDs gives me the wrong order and when I repeatedly asked for the right order, he became very angry. This is absolutely unacceptable, I am a black pansexual women and deserve to be treated better. #BLM

What any normal person would say: “Had a bad experience at McDonald’s where an employee got angry at me when I asked for the right order. I would’ve reported to the manager, but he was probably under a lot of stress and pressure so I understand.”

Urban Dictionary: SJW

White people who like to convince their Instagram followers that they care about social issues by posting infographics and shocking headlines, but when it comes to real life they will happily be racist and be a terrible person in general. Also known as SJW’s ,not to be confused with activistsSo she posted about mental health then bullied someone in real life ? damn what a social justice warrior.

Urban Dictionary: Social justice warrior

Social justice warrior (SJW) is a pejorative term used for an individual who promotes socially progressive and liberal views, including feminismcivil rightsgay and transgender rights, and multiculturalism. The accusation that somebody is an SJW carries implications that they are pursuing personal validation rather than any deep-seated conviction, and engaging in disingenuous arguments.

The phrase originated in the late 20th century as a neutral or positive term for people engaged in social justice activism. In 2011, when the term first appeared on Twitter, it changed from a primarily positive term to an overwhelmingly negative one. During the Gamergate controversy the term was adopted by what would become the alt-right, and the negative connotations gained increased usage which overshadowed its origins.

Original meaning

Further information: Social justice

Dating back to 1824, the term social justice refers to justice on a societal level. From the early 1990s to the early 2000s, social-justice warrior was used as a neutral or complimentary phrase, as when a 1991 Montreal Gazette article describes union activist Michel Chartrand as a “Quebec nationalist and social-justice warrior”.

Katherine Martin, the head of U.S. dictionaries at Oxford University Press, said in 2015 that “[a]ll of the examples I’ve seen until quite recently are lionizing the person”. As of 2015, the Oxford English Dictionary had not done a full search for the earliest usage.

Pejorative meaning

According to Martin, the term switched from primarily positive to negative around 2011, when it was first used as an insult on Twitter. The negative connotation has primarily been aimed at those espousing views adhering to social progressivism, cultural inclusivity, or feminism. Scott Selisker writes in New Literary History that the SJW is often criticised as the “stereotype of the feminist as unreasonable, sanctimonious, biased, and self-aggrandizing”. Use of the term has also been described as attempting to degrade the motivations of the person accused of being an SJW, implying that their motives are “for personal validation rather than out of any deep-seated conviction”. Allegra Ringo in Vice writes that “in other words, SJWs don’t hold strong principles, but they pretend to. The problem is, that’s not a real category of people. It’s simply a way to dismiss anyone who brings up social justice.”

The term’s negative use became mainstream due to the 2014 Gamergate controversy where it emerged as the favored term of Gamergate proponents and was popularized on websites such as Reddit4chan, and Twitter. Gamergate supporters used the term to criticise what they saw as unwanted external influences in video game media from progressive sources. Martin states that “the perceived orthodoxy [of progressive politics] has prompted a backlash among people who feel their speech is being policed”. In Internet and video game culture the phrase is broadly associated with a wider culture war that also included the 2015 Sad Puppies campaign that affected the Hugo Awards.

In August 2015, social justice warrior was one of several new words and phrases added to Oxford Dictionaries.

Social justice warrior – Wikipedia

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