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.

    What up, disabled tumblr! My dream in life is to create tiny-house style, sustainable, and accessible housing and space, specifically in cities. If you have the time and energy to do so, I would LOVE it if some of you would message me about what you find lacking in the tiny house community, things you’d like to see to make spaces accessible, etc. And of course, if there is some huge textpost or something that goes into all this already, please point me in that direction! Thanks so much in advance!

    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

     The language of Social Justice is designed for one purpose: to destroy and eliminate the distinction between the public and the private sphere. 

    Its defining tactic is to describe voluntary, individual, private sector activity in quasi-political language. It speaks of “systems” and “institutional injustice” in referring to private action. Its intended message is clear. Everything is in some very general sense “political” ;  even that which appears to be free and private action is in reality a matter of systemic top down power and control, and so we  may as well just turn control over things to government itself so that it may control things in accordance with just and fair policies. It depicts a world in which the only alternatives are power and control of one kind or another, and therefore the statist solution is justified. In the philosophy of Social Justice freedom in the classical sense is a fiction, there is only good control and bad control. It must depict the world in this way, or else it is revealed as mere  authoritarianism.  

    It’s super obnoxious that even the activists who seem most invested in working through their bigotry in other areas still refuse to do the relatively basic work of shedding ableist language from their vocabulary.

    Stop describing wilfully ignorant people as stup*d / d*mb or insulting someone’s intelligence as though higher IQ = better or worthier person. Stop using st*pid and d*mb and cr*zy altogether if you’re not reclaiming, tbh.

    Stop using real disabilities as metaphors for other things. Stop mocking people’s spelling or grammar. Stop making “in your mom’s basement” cracks. When you’re telling bigots that not all fat people are unhealthy, maybe add on an “and poor health isn’t a good reason to harass someone either, wtf”.

    Stop calling bigots “delusional” for their bigoted worldviews. Stop saying “psychotic” when you mean “violent”. Stop comparing bigots to the disabled or mentally ill to insult the bigots.

    I see this shit constantly even from people I actually like and respect, and it’s got to stop. We as a community need to pay attention to how our language reinforces the marginalisation of disabled people. How can you support someone while every day you’re using slurs designed to dehumanize them?

    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?” 

    theguardian.com
    Warwick Thornton on his images of Indigenous children in 'fast-food suicide vests'
    The film-maker’s new exhibition in Melbourne carries a blunt message about health issues facing the next generation of Indigenous kids in Australia
    By Melissa Davey

    “For people in these communities, eating junk food was not merely a lifestyle choice, she said. “People say to drink water from the taps, but some of the water in these communities is not safe to drink, so sugary drinks become a cheap alternative,” Doyle says.“People tell them to give their children two pieces of fruit each day, but if an orange [in remote area communities] costs $5 and you have four children, that’s half your pension packet gone.“You can’t expect people to be broke and have their kids go hungry for the sake of meeting fruit and vegetable quotas. So if a packet of chips costs $1.50, that’s what you’ll buy.”“

    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.

    I took FullMcInJosh’s bingo challenge and the only one to get a full bingo was Doom Guy, a character from the father of the FPS genre and had very little story and even less character building. 

    Some of these aren’t even that fair and don’t take any context into account. A game like TF2 is supposed to be cartoony and unrealistic so it would make sense that he has incredibly large biceps. 

    No patience for politics is an incredibly nebulous one as in many games, war IS the politics. A soldier fighting in a war that his superiors declared is no less ‘no patience for politics’ as a working class man dumping radioactive waste in the ground because his superiors wanted to pass over safety regulations is 'No patience for proper waste disposal’. Point is that a lot of the time the character doesn’t even have a say in the politics (like Heavy Weapons Guy) so I interpret it as the character deliberately choosing to fight even in the face of a peaceful option. Not surprisingly very few got that because in most games, there aren’t peaceful options. Not even in the cutscenes.

    Only 2 characters were bald/had a crew cut. Heavy Weapons Guy and what I assumed to be a generic CoD soldier. That space more likely stemmed from what the person would think a male protagonist would look like rather than any decent sample of male protagonist. It’s even difficult to apply it to film and tv shows. 

    As it turns out, very few of them are anti-heros. The person who made this bingo clearly thought it would be a given since it takes the place of the free space but when it comes to video games, only 2 characters apply. 

    Arguably the most popular video game character ever, Mario, only takes up three spaces. Sonic takes 4, Kirby takes 2, and Link takes 6 assuming a fictional race can be “white”. superMeatBoy takes none. 

    All of those examples are from games that aren’t First Person Shooters. The more generic the FPS (Bioshock Infinite, Doom, Heavy Weapons Guy specifically), the more squares are likely to be taken up. That’s partly because most FPSes involve a soldier of some sort. They also don’t want the character crying over every kill and will likely give that character a set of armor. And the list goes on for practical reasons for why FPS games would use some of those tropes. 

    The point is, this is more an issue of game design than social justice. It has absolutely nothing to do with sexism and “hurr durr toxic masculinity!!!!” and everything to do with game companies being lazy and wanting to do the least amount of work but reap the maximum amount of profit. If game companies can move away from FPS games and not recycle the same gameplay mechanics in every genre of game, there won’t be so many examples of these tropes specifically being used over and over again. 

    Jonathan McIntosh has demonstrated once again that he doesn’t play video games and probably doesn’t even watch any Let’s Plays.

    I’ve got room to follow about 50 more people so pretty please reblog this if you post

    • Dragon Age
    • Mass Effect 
    • Social Justice (like being critical of your fandom but w/o being a giant ass about it to other people) 
    • Marvel 
    • Comics
    • Graphic Design 
    • Dragon Age
    • more Comics
    • other video games (Skyrim, Saints Row, etc.)

    And please reblog so other people see this and I can get maximum options for following thank you xoxo <3 

    Here is an infographic designed by Philadelphia-based graphic designer Jason Killinger to inform state citizens about the shocking comparison between how Pennsylvania is funding public educational facilities and how they are funding public correctional facilities.

    Killinger’s design provides a side-by-side visual juxtaposition of comparable aspects of both facilities, using to-scale graphic shapes and picture graphs to compare spending, statistics, and demographics.  Having this visual aid makes the information more impactful as opposed to hearing arbitrary numbers jammed up against one another.

    The background and foreground give the feeling of a city street - with the pinkish haze of exhaust from cars and buildings and the asphalt textured “ground” doubling as a prison wall.  The subject in the middle is an ambiguous figure - he could be a student or a prisoner, and based on the statistics provided, it is suggested not only is one more likely than the other, but it is the less preferrable one.

    Graphics like this are quick and to-the-point.  The designer had a message and he provided a clear visual cue to support a more abstract informational content.  This is similar to the WPA’s poster project in the way artists’ renditions are becoming effective ways to publish information, and in the age of high internet traffic, images like these are as accessible as the posters of their time.