“What's the psychology here? Is it a narcissistic compulsion to demonstrate how much more thoughtful and sensitive you are than the ignorant clod who offended you? An earnest belief that a better world will only be reached after several thousand hours of angry dissent over absolutely every linguistic transgression ever made? A cathartic howl of vague personal unhappiness disguised as a campaign of improvement? Or just something to do between bowel movements?”—Charlie Brooker on the culture of “being offended”
Contrary to the vitriol being spread by social-justice bloggers, intelligent people are allowed to like problematic things.
(As are unintelligent people, obviously. SJ-ers tend to completely ignore those who are, for whatever reason, uneducated or lacking in intellect, however.)
There’s so much shit going around Tumblr at the moment relating to what we are and aren’t allowed to like. We’re supposed to be ‘better than that’, we’re supposed to ‘have more brains than that’, when it comes to being a fan of something that someone else has deemed inappropriate, problematic, or otherwise unworthy of their own time/appreciation.
Sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let me give you some examples! I have been told that I am not allowed to like: Tyler the Creator, anything to do with Odd Future, Australian hardcore, Hole, Big Bang Theory, Bikini Kill, Rookie mag, wearing a goddamn bindi on my forehead, Oasis, anything Seth McFarlane has ever been involved with, Kanye West, and so many more of the things that I am into, simply because someone else on a social networking website has decided that they have some kind of problem associated with them. This is what I mean by our interests being policed.
“How dare you love Bikini Kill when you don’t identify as a feminist.”
“How can you listen to Tyler when he raps about killing women?”
“Do you SERIOUSLY find Noel Gallagher’s personality acceptable?!”
My answer to all of these questions, is who fucking cares? I am smart enough to recognise that perhaps Tavi Genison(sp?) doesn’t cater to anyone but white teenage girls - however, as a white teenage girl, some of the shit she writes about does in fact relate to me. I am not braindead; I know that Family Guy is in poor taste but none of this takes away my right to damn well enjoy these things. Nor should it take your right away, either.
“But how can you justify it?”
Number one, NOBODY has to justify their interests to anyone else, ever. Especially on Tumblr. Secondly, though, there is an inherent implication within these questions and these demands, that the responders of these types of media are unaware of what we’re being exposed to, and that we don’t understand how and why certain elements of this media may be wrong. Recognising that there are dangerous undertones to something doesn’t have to lead to active rejection of whatever that thing may be - as long as we are aware that it’s not cool to kill women, putting Goblin on repeat isn’t going to fucking change that. Stop assuming that we are mindless drones capable of being brainwashed by a song or two; we’re better than that, and you’re better than that accusation as well.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some offensive rap music to be getting on with.
- white person: *goes to Africa as a missionary, donated to charities*
- social justice warriors: OMFG what are you even doing, white savior? Minorities and the poor don't need your help.
- Government: affirmative action and quotas work to the advantage of minorities, because remember, they are always poorer than whites and therefore deserve to get into colleges and get jobs based on their race. Also, Obama recently proposed a law in which any school who punishes minority students mire than a certain number of times, even when they deserve those punishments, will be investigated for discrimination. We care about true "equality."
- social justice warriors: OMG! How honorable and humanitarian of you!
What Makes a Valid Response?
The Question of the Week: What Makes a Valid Response?
The two posts linked below display the difference in opinion when it comes to how people (SJ bloggers) should respond to people. Both posts are valid, however, the second takes into account what the first doesn’t: People don’t owe you anything. Especially if you are someone who has suffered or is suffering through a type of injustice, whether it be rape, racism, cissism, homophobia, ableism, or something else, people who don’t experience what you do oftentimes fail to understand that you don’t owe them anything. They also don’t understand what you are going through and your emotional and mental ties to your type of oppression. But when it comes you, the person who experience the injustice or you the person who is oppressed: Remember that you don’t owe them respect, a calm demeanor, and you don’t owe them a lesson. You don’t have to teach them if you don’t want to. You don’t owe them anything.
What I’ve seen this past week and throughout the whole time I’ve been on tumblr is that people are selfish and forget that people don’t owe them shit. When you come on someone’s turf (their blog), they are the ones who determine whether to address you whatever manner they see fit. It’s not for your to judge them or ask them to be a certain way to make yourself feel better. It is not about you. You came to them, so however they respond to you, it is what it is. And you’re just gonna have to respect that and be thankful that they even took the time to respond and engage with you.
Here, on StopWhitewashing, K and I choose to address people the way we see fit. If we want to be nice, we’ll be nice; if we want to cuss, guess what, we’ll cuss. It’s not for you to police and tell us how to act. Lemme remind you again, you are on our turf, we have sovereignty here.
For me, Santoine, personally, I can and oftentimes will hold a temperate conversation. But, don’t expect me to be like that all the time. But, for the most part, I’m nice. And so is K.
So, it’s just something to keep in mind.
I've realized that most obnoxious SJW lines work well when arguing with parents:
Parent: Stop eating so much junk food! Eat some vegetables and fruits!
Me: STOP FAT SHAMING ME YOU OPPRESSIVE THIN PRIVILEGED PERSON!
Parent: You should really eat more! Eat more of this! It’s good for you!
Me: STOP DIET POLICING ME!
Parent: You’re being very rude; I don’t like that tone!
Me: OMG STOP TONE POLICING ME JKBSKJVBSJKVBDK
Parent: That skirt is too short and that top is too low cut. Go get changed.
Me: STOP SLUT SHAMING ME YOU SEXIST SCUM!
Parent: Go do your homework and focus on your studies.
Me: YOU ARE DERAILING THIS ARGUMENT! CHECK YOUR ADULT PRIVILEGE!
Parent: I’m just worried about your future and whether or not you’ll be able to find a job.
Me: JOBS ARE FOR WEALTHY PRIVILEGED PEOPLE I WILL BE SUPPORTED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE RICH PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY OWE ME SINCE I AM AN OPPRESSED PERSON.
Parent: Go clean your room.
Me: CHECK YOUR ADULT PRIVILEGE. I AM NOT YOUR SLAVE STOP OPPRESSING ME.
A day in the life of an SJ Blogger's mom
- Mom: I can't believe those people were being so rude.
- SJ Blogger: WHAT DO YOU MEAN "THOSE PEOPLE?" CHECK YOUR PRIVILEGE!
- Mom: Oh, that boy and girl over there would make such a cute couple!
- SJ Blogger: WHAT ABOUT THOSE TWO BOYS? YOU'RE HOMOPHOBIC, MOM!
- Mom: Oh, that top would look nice on you, honey!
- SJ Blogger: WHY, BECAUSE I HAVE TO ADHERE TO GENDER NORMS? YOU'RE TRANSPHOBIC AND CISSEXIST!
- Mom: Dear child of mine, who I brought into this world, I think I deserve a bit more respect out of you. Please mind your manners and think about what you're saying to me before you say it. I love you!
- SJ Blogger: ...
- SJ Blogger: ...
- SJ Blogger: ...
- SJ Blogger: OH MY GOD, MOM. QUIT TONE POLICING ME!
I just realized something thats incredibly ironic...
According to SJ bloggers, “gender is a fluid concept. They immediately turn a blind eye to the numerous scientific studies that have been done to prove that males and females actually process information, rationalize, and react quite differently than the other. Men and women are psychologically different, but does that make either one superior to the other? Of course not God made us all different for a reason. Imagine if we DID live in a world where gender was fluid and we all behaved and reacted exactly the same. Nothing would get done! There would be no opposition, no critical thinking…just many blind and numb head nods.
Anyway, the irony at stake here is that SJ bloggers DO believe that race immediately determines what kind of person everyone is, just not gender. There have been no studies to prove that being white makes you “privileged” and a racist. These people like to pretend that all white people live pristine lives with everything laid out for them on a silver platter. If you’re a minority, by SJ standards, you must live a horribly disenfranchised and “oppressed” life and could never be a racist, even if you make racial comments about white people daily. There certainly hasn’t been any proof of this, either, yet SJ bloggers like to twist relevant information into something to benefit their bigoted and racist agenda.
Oh, the irony and hypocrisy…its never ending
what i don’t get is all this hoopla over sj bloggers. like seriously why do ppl hate ”sj bloggers”? better question, wtf makes someone an sj blogger?
ok so sj means social justice right? right! so why isn’t it ok for someone to talk about social injustices? why does them doing so make ppl so damn mad (by ppl yall know who i’m mostly referring to) like how is this a bad thing?
help me out here. maybe i don’t know shit.
cuz who needs social justice anyway right?
ugh, its so 1960’s