Is 'Social Justice Warrior' a Pejorative?
I was reading a post-mortem on the delicious Sad Puppies/Hugo nominations imbroglio last week when an interesting point came up. George R.R. Martin, the "Game of Thrones" chappie, wrote on his Not a Blog that Sad Puppies commenters on his blog should lose the Social Justice Warrior, or SJW moniker. Because courtesy.
Let's not throw around insults, or charges of misogyny and racism, please. And Puppies, sad or happy, if any of you feel inclined to reply, please avoid the term "Social Justice Warriors" or SJWs. I am happy to call you Sad Puppies since you named yourself that, but I know of no one, be they writer or fan, who calls themselves a social justice warrior. Offending or insulting posts will be deleted.
But Larry Correia, who's having his name dragged through the mud for daring to nominate pod-people for the Kool Kids Ball, had this to say.
We do not however like being called racists, sexists, misogynists, homophobes, fascists, hate mongers, the KKK, or wife beaters. Especially in major media outlets like Entertainment Weekly, Salon, Slate, the Telegraph, and io9.
Really, what's not to like about “social justice warrior?” Does it come within a country mile of the mainstream Democratic talking point about a Republican “war on women?”
While the “war on women” is a lie, “social justice warrior” describes the average leftie exactly, and it deftly exposes their most egregious conceit, that they are all non-violent activists that just want peace and justice.
I can understand that the average social justice warrior would prefer to be called a “social justice advocate” or maybe just an “activist,” losing the “social justice” part. That's because “social justice” has an odor to it.
This is nothing new. Once upon a time “communist” was a wonder word. Then it got a bad odor, and lefties started to call themselves “socialist,” and when socialist went bad they became “social democrats.” In the U.S., the bright young things of the 1890s called themselves “Progressives.” But by 1920 the word had a bad odor and so Progressives rebranded themselves as “liberals.” That lasted for about half a century until the day that Republican politicians discovered that an easy way to win elections was to chant “liberal, liberal, liberal” at their Democratic opponents. So the Soros-funded lefties of the 2000s called themselves “progressives.”
This is such a wuss-fest. Back in the day, the original names for the political parties in the Anglospheric white-male oppressive patriarchy, “Tory” and “Whig,” were both insults. In the 19th century the parties changed their names to the boring and staid Conservative Party and Liberal Party. But Labourites still love to talk about “Tory toffs.”
The Urban Dictionary is firm about Social Justice Warrior. The top entry is “A pejorative term for an individual who repeatedly and vehemently engages in arguments on social justice on the Internet.”
If you check the history of Social Justice Warrior on KnowYourMeme.com, you can see that the term went global last year with the help of #GamerGate. It's got to the point that people on the left are starting to own it, as in [Expletive Deleted] Yes, I'm a Social Justice Warrior.”
Time out. Let's remember some of the classic pejoratives made famous by the left: bourgeois, capitalist, exploiter, robber baron.
Even in my youth they were doing it. Back in the 70s, the liberal girls at my office thought it would be a tremendous joke to take me out for an awards picnic lunch and give me a “male chauvinist pig” tie. All good clean fun, and I wore the tie proudly for years. But what if the liberal mean girls had outed some conservative young woman? Where were the “safe places” back then?
Garry Trudeau writes in the Atlantic that it's OK to punch up with satire, but not OK to punch down to, e.g., Muslims. Since Trudeau is a well-born Yalie, I guess that means we should dig out decades of "Doonesbury" cartoons for wrongthink.
Garry Trudeau and the rest of the liberal bubble just don't get it. There is only one kind of privilege in America: liberal privilege, the privilege of the kind of people that get to write for The Atlantic, riot in Ferguson, Missouri, call other people “rape apologists,” and get away with it.
If you are satirizing liberals and their execrable politics, you are punching up, speaking truth to power, afflicting the comfortable. Anything else is punching down.
Liberals coin a pejorative a day, and wield their pejoratives in ruthless campaigns to police what you and I are allowed to think and say in America. But woe betide the unprivileged Puppy who dares to turn the game on liberals.
Instead of Social Justice Warriors, how about this white male liberal's suggestion: “Social Justice Bullies?”