Social Justice Warrior Redefined

You say I’m a ‘Social Justice Warrior’ like it’s a bad thing

This week I was the lovely recipient of a lot of hate mail, all of it inspired by my post Raising Sons in a Rape Culture World. If I were to boil all the venom down into one sentence it would be this:

You are a psycho bitch who should never be allowed to breed and ‘rape culture’ is a lie. You need to be taught a lesson, you man-hating feminist.

Charming, right?

And then they called me an SJW, I mean a “fucking, crazy SJW!”

As I have a life and am not an internet troll I had to look up the meaning of SJW.

According to the Urban Dictionary (the internet troll bible) a Social Justice Warrior is a “pejorative term for an individual who repeatedly and vehemently engages in arguments on social justice on the Internet, often in a shallow or not well-thought-out way, for the purpose of raising their own personal reputation. A social justice warrior, or SJW, does not necessarily strongly believe all that they say, or even care about the groups they are fighting on behalf of. They typically repeat points from whoever is the most popular blogger or commenter of the moment, hoping that they will “get SJ points” and become popular in return. They are very sure to adopt stances that are “correct” in their social circle.”

Hmm. Fascinating. I wonder how many “SJ points” I have. Who is keeping the score for the feminists? I hope the prize is something awesome like equal pay or unencumbered access to affordable healthcare. I’d hate for it to be something lame like a sash and a tiara. You know we feminists abhor and are “repeatedly and vehemently” against all things girly. (TROLLS: This is an example of sarcasm. I feel the need to point this out since so many of you apparently have no grasp of the concept of literary devices.)

If you have read more than a few of the posts here (or at least the entirety of Raising Sons in a Rape Culture World and not just the first couple of paragraphs like most of the trolls did) you know I am not a feminist because it’s trendy–trendy and I broke up a long time ago. I am a feminist because I have strong, long-standing, and sincerely held beliefs (hey, I have something in common with Hobby Lobby) about equality and feminism.

But convincing those who hate me that I’m not a “bigot who thinks an entire gender is prone to crime” (Seriously, did none of them bother to read the whole piece?) isn’t really something I’m going to take time out of my day to do.

What I WILL do, however, is redefine the title of Social Justice Warrior. I don’t know what they were thinking when they came up with THAT term. Pejorative? Only if by pejorative they mean totally awesome. I’d be proud to be considered a Social Justice Warrior. That should the name of a superhero.  My friends and I are even talking about getting matching t-shirts and capes with MOTHER FUCKING SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR printed in big letters. We’re going to redefine SJW and we’re going to own it. And then what will you call us, you hypocritical, deluded, and clearly terrified of real equality, trolls?

mf social justice warrior

The hate mail has been fun, really, but I’m not so easily silenced. Peddle your lazy ignorance somewhere else.

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