social justice by design

trimax-na-boken  asked:

But WBC is real with actual documented incidents. What has a real SJW ever actually done besides make stupid people feel uncomfortable on the Internet

There is no such thing as “a real SJW”.  “Social justice warrior” was always a negative label from the beginning, created to designate those that are not representing social justice as it should be (kind of like how the term “weekend warrior” is used to describe someone who’s normally boring from Monday through Friday, but goes out of their way to indulge themselves irresponsibly on the weekends in an attempt to compensate).  Wearing that label unironically is like publicly proclaiming that you’re a bigot.  You’re utilizing the No True Scotsman logical fallacy here.  Also, the fact that you said “make stupid people uncomfortable on the internet” really doesn’t reflect well on you, especially when the majority of anti-SJWs are liberals, LGBTA people, minorities, etc. that are simply “uncomfortable” with how you’re poorly representing what we believe in.  The fact that there even is a divide between people that all desire equality just goes to show that someone is doing it wrong (hint: It’s not the anti-SJWs).  If anything, you’re just showing people exactly the kind of attitude that people hate about SJWs.  It’s the fanaticism.  It’s the extremism.  There are people who simply have faith in a higher power, and then there are people like WBC, who actively use that faith to try to harm others.  This is why they’re really the perfect analogy when discussing what SJWs are to activism.

In any case, are you sure you want me to answer this?  Because I don’t think you’re going to like what you see.

What has tumblr done, you ask?:

    Meanwhile, the sane people of tumblr mocked the shit out of them for intentionally kicking the hornet’s nest, and then whining when they got stung.

    Why?  Because 4chan contributed over $23k to it. 

    I’m sure all of this doesn’t even come CLOSE to what SJWs have done overall.  I could probably spend weeks finding all sorts of bullshit to put on here.  I openly invite others to add onto this, as I’m sure there’s a lot that’s been left out (@takashi0 might have a list on hand).

    This is why people are against “social justice warriors”.  They are NOT representing social justice.  They are NOT supporting equality.  They are only giving liberals, activists, women, minorities, and the LGBTA community a bad name.

    I attended a frat party with one of my sisters last Halloween when we saw a pledge laying on the couch entirely unresponsive. I asked 10 brothers to help him and none of them were interested. My friend and I found him some water, got him a trash can, and sat with him until we were certain he would be alright and wouldn’t need an ambulance. We even put him into the “4″ position with his hands under his chin and his leg supporting him so that he couldn’t choke on any throw-up. It was intimidating to be around so many big guys who were drunk and rowdy with festivities, but it was the right thing to do.

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    Justice for All 

    Hand embroidery on calico, approx 15 cm

    “This first piece entitled Justice For All represents something which is very close to my heart, social justice and equality for all people oppressed by the societies we live in which harbour racism, sexism, homophobia and ableism. I am an intersectional feminist, and this means critically thinking about how various forms of oppression overlap, and actively working towards breaking down barriers and changing behaviour which contributes to these systems of oppression. Protesting, creating new media, taking ownership of ourselves and uplifting fellow babes are all ways we can change the world we live in. This piece is a combination of things I believe in to my core and ways I nurture myself. Feminism is about having choice.” - @hanecdote


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    anonymous asked:

    Hi! I have a quick question (I tried googling, but I couldn't find anything that fit) So sometimes, when talking about various things relating to social justice and activism, you mention "competing needs" or "competing access" or something like that (I can't remember what it was exactly) Would you mind saying really quick what you mean by that? I couldn't understand what you were trying to say in those posts but thats because I have low reading comprehension

    Competing access needs is the idea that some people, in order to be able to participate in a community, need one thing, and other people need a conflicting thing, and instead of figuring out which need is ‘real’ we have to acknowledge that we can’t accommodate all valid needs. I originally encountered it in disability community conversations: for example, one person might need a space where they can verbally stim, and another person might need a space where there’s never multiple people talking at once. Both of these are valid, but you can’t accommodate them both in the same space.

    I wrote a while ago that I think this concept extends to a lot of activist/social justice community challenges and a lot of the difficulty of designing good messages. For example, body positivity: some people need to hear “love your body! no matter who you are you are soooo sexy” and some people really hate being told that they’re ‘sexy’. Or some gay people might need a space where it’s against the rules to ask “well, what if it actually is morally wrong to be gay?” but other gay people (like me of a few years ago) might need a space where they can ask that so there can be a serious discussion and they can become convinced that they’re okay. 

    One of my favorite examples of the use of the concept is @brutereason‘s post about the Glasgow Free Pride Parade’s decision to not have drag performances. I find it most useful when I’m trying to go from “this particular style of activism hurts me” to “should I protest it? or try to build my own spaces where it’s unacceptable? or try to make myself more comfortable with it?” 

    This may be an unpopular opinion by tumblr’s standards:

    I don’t see the point of demanding gender diversity in video games, when there are already badass and interesting female characters out there that you’ve probably overlooked.

    True gamers couldn’t care less about being ‘represented’; many girls can play as male protagonist just fine (most Final Fantasy protags are male and girls love FF), many guys can play as girls just fine (majority of Touhou and KanColle players are guys). Also it’s probably not about being 'represented’, it’s because we admire the characters as a completely different person? In the end all that matters is the gameplay, or maybe other aspects of the game like graphics and storyline.

    Then we have MMORPG and RPG games like Dragon Age and Mass Effect, where we can decide which gender our character is. In this case you’re free to make the character to 'represent’ you or something.

    Also I don’t see the point of demanding more female characters, because if developers add more of them, they’ll end up being designed to look very sexual.

    As much as I’m disturbed with impractical armours and revealing clothes on female characters, it’s the character designer’s artistic freedom to draw that way. Hey it’s illogical to wear metal bra in real life, why not just fulfill our fantasies in a fictional setting? Most of the time it’s done for aesthetic purposes. If you don’t like it, just stfu and don’t play it.

    Another beef about these SJW is that they only focus on bitching about sexy female characters, but pretending that the decently dressed ones didn’t exist.

    But oversexualized female characters only for the male gaze? Really?
    Don’t forget that there are homosexual, bisexual and pansexual women who might actually fancy the designs too. I’m a pansexual woman, a feminist and I get turned on by Bayonetta (FYI her character design is a woman, and Bayonetta is her Power Female Fantasy).

    That said Koei Tecmo made a good move for not bringing DOAX3 to the US.
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    This week: a Filipino treasure screens at MoMA Film, live-stream a Q&A with social justice thought leader Bryan Stevenson, get creative with littleBits at the Design Interactions Studio, and more

    [Insiang. 1976. Philippines. Directed by Lino Brocka. Pictured: Hilda Koronel. Courtesy Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata]

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    • Dragon Age
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    • Social Justice (like being critical of your fandom but w/o being a giant ass about it to other people) 
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    Trans and gender non-conforming people of color are disproportionately impacted by physical and structural violence. According to The National LGBTQ Task Force, Black trans people have a household income of less than 10k a year and almost 50% have attempted suicide. What is equally disturbing is the silence from mainstream media, the Black social justice and LGBT organizations. The same systems that are designed to protect us is actively engaging in erasure. When looking at the mainstream Black and LGBT organizations’ leadership teams and Boards of Directors, they lack diversity and representation. How can their work be informed if they don’t even hire us? Denying a Black Trans woman a job is an act of violence. Denying Black trans folk access to healthcare is an act of violence. Denying Black trans people platforms to speak and represent themselves is erasure. Actively engaging in erasure is an act of violence.
    —  Every Breath a Black Trans Woman Takes Is an Act of Revolution | Lourdes Ashley Hunter, Huffington Post 

    “I saw a girl at a party that was extremely drunk within the first 30 minutes. The guy that she was with was extremely pushy and she told me that she wanted to go home but he wouldn’t let her. So I had my boyfriend at the time distract her date and I was able to get her outside and far enough away from the party where my boyfriend at the time could meet up with us and we walked her home.”

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