SJW

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SJW – sostantivo

social justice warrior – sostantivo

Overall, social justice warriors are usually fighting for a good cause.

This is the kind of response I’ve come to expect from social justice warrior types.

The problem is, [social justice warrior] is not a real category of people. It’s simply a way to dismiss anyone who brings up social justice.

You don’t really care. As an SJW, you’re just taking up this cause to make yourself look good.

The core of the SJW ideology is the Oppressor/Oppressed dichotomy.

Alzi la mano chi non è a favore della giustizia sociale. Nessuno, giusto? Eppure oggi l’impegnarsi per una società più giusta o appoggiare cause progressiste come femminismo, diritti sociali, multiculturalismo ecc. è diventato oggetto di scherno e ha portato alla nascita di epiteti delegittimanti come social justice warrior. Il termine, spesso abbreviato in SJW, identifica – a detta degli utilizzatori dell’espressione – chi si finge paladino della giustizia sociale solo per promuovere il suo status e stronca chi non è d’accordo con le sue opinioni. Un altro ‘insulto’ che va ad aggiungersi ad armchair activist (trattato in un post precedente), keyboard warrior e clicktivist, termini nati nell’era di internet e dei social per descrivere un tipo di attività che prima non esisteva, almeno non nella stessa forma.

Origini del termine

Il termine social justice warrior è stato usato per la prima volta nel 2009 in un blog per identificare il presunto fenomeno delle feroci diatribe online su temi sociali in cui si fa appello alla retorica e all’emotività piuttosto che a tesi razionali ben argomentate.

Traduzione di Loredana Riu

SJW – noun

social justice warrior – noun

Overall, social justice warriors are usually fighting for a good cause.

This is the kind of response I’ve come to expect from social justice warrior types.

The problem is, [social justice warrior] is not a real category of people. It’s simply a way to dismiss anyone who brings up social justice.

You don’t really care. As an SJW, you’re just taking up this cause to make yourself look good.

The core of the SJW ideology is the Oppressor/Oppressed dichotomy.

You would think everyone would be in favour of social justice, but this is not the case. Or rather, support for socially progressive causes such as feminism, civil rights, multiculturalism and so on has been turned from what would normally be regarded as a term of approval into a term of abuse. According to those who coined and use the term, a social justice warrior, frequently abbreviated to SJW, is someone who adopts and vociferously supports the cause of social justice in order to enhance their own status or image, while shouting down anyone who disagrees. As such, the term is a putdown designed to silence or belittle those labelled in this way. It joins a group of terms such as armchair activist (the subject of a previous WordWatch post), keyboard warrior and clicktivist that have sprung up in the era of the internet and social media to describe a type of activity that did not previously exist, at least not in the same form.

Origin

The term social justice warrior was first used in 2009 in a blogpost that identified the supposed phenomenon of people who engage in ferocious arguments on the internet about social issues, relying on rhetoric and emotional posturing rather than reasoned argument and debate.

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