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thundara  ·  2693 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thoughts on things over on Reddit right now?

    SJW = hipster in the fashion that it's a term used an insult to toss at "those not like me", in this case typically due to views on feminism and trans issues, amongst other similar topics. This was a term typically applied to those within a cadre of people who take a militant stance about social justice issues, typically far and away on the fringe, politically.

I was thinking something similar: SJW started as a label for a very fringe group (see claims of white / cis / male being worse and not equals with peoples of other race and identity). However, it has since become a pejorative to refer to liberal activists of all sorts. Attended a march for worker rights? SJW. #blacklivesmatter? SJW.

It's a little like "hipster" which itself started as a term for white people emulating black jazz musicians and has since been extended to include knitting.

tacocat  ·  2692 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The ability for the internet to make anything into a pejorative is disturbing. It's mostly kids doing this but responding to stupidity with more stupidity is what the internet does best. See Anita Sarkeesian. She wants a more diverse representation of women in vidja games but clearly didn't play through Hitman. Internet court says the verdict is rape and murder threats

thundara  ·  2692 days ago  ·  link  ·  

To be fair, it happens outside the world of the internets. O'reilly uses "liberal" as a pejorative in the same way that others might use the word "asshole". But anonymous threats, swats, and doxing + bullying are sadly more common among pissed-off internet kiddies.

tacocat  ·  2692 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That was the short form of my rant about how disappointing the internet can be. I was on my phone and irrespective of that the long form probably isn't worth my time