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"Social Justice Warrior" (guerriero di giustizia sociale, "SJW") è un termine peggiorativo usato per sminuire le questioni di liberali[rw], progressisti[rw], femministi, e suppoorter della political correctness[rw].[1][2][3] Da completare: Tradurre.It implies either varying degrees of affectation and self-aggrandisement, or a strident and hectoring zeal, in those engaging in social justice arguments.[4][5]

Da completare: Tradurre. N.B. Although primarily employed as a snarl word, being described as such doesn't exclude the possibility that you actually are just an obnoxious, self-righteous twat who enjoys waxing lyrical on social justice issues du jour. Know thyself.


Although there were a few positive usages of the term previously,[6] the term's first sighting as a pejorative was its use in 2009 by SF writer Will Shetterly as a blog title criticizing what he calls "social justice warriors" in contrast with "social justice workers", with the former being what he considers more extreme activists.[7]

It is now most often used by modern conservatives on the internet - especially Gamergaters, MRAs and reactionary and neoreactionary bloggers - to refer to anyone who expresses a point of view that is to the left of /pol/. As a result, use of the term "SJW" as a pejorative is now a handy shibboleth of the aforementioned groups and a good indicator that this person will not at any point henceforth say anything worth hearing.[8]

People who think social justice (a term with a history back to the 1840s) actually sounds like a pretty good idea worth fighting for, and aren't fond of reactionaries' racism and sexism, have in turn self-labeled as SJWs, particularly in the context of talking about the reactionaries.

Disconcerted at the actually-decent people reclaiming the term for themselves, reactionaries reached deep into their knowledge of the one half-chapter of 1984 they read once and coined[9] the ridiculously clunky "socjus"[10] (pronounced either "Suck-jews" or "Sock-juice"), correctly realising that this is too silly a term for anyone to try to reclaim, but failing to realise how ridiculous the clunkiness makes them sound saying it.

Origin and spread[modifica]

The term "social justice warrior" was first used as a pejorative in the blog "Social Justice Warriors: Do Not Engage", launched by Will Shetterly on 6 November 2009.[7] The blog wrote that SJWs "rage, mob and dox in the belief that promoting identitarianism will make a better world." (By "identitarianism" he appears to mean identity politics, rather than its more recent usage as a euphemism for white nationalism.)

Urban Dictionary user "poopem" defined "social justice warrior" on 21 April 2011 as:[11]

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. The SJW's favorite activity of all is to dogpile. Their favorite websites to frequent are Livejournal and Tumblr. They do not have relevant favorite real-world places, because SJWs are primarily civil rights activists only online.

On 26 May 2011, the Tumblr blog "Fuck No Tumblr SJW" started,[12] with the goal of "exposing tumblr's most heinous social justice warriors".[13] The author recently stated, in response to "I'm just a bit confused on your mission or perspective. I only found it trying to figure out what sjw even meant.":[14]

Well as I’m sure you’ve figured out, “sjw” stands for social justice warrior. Back when I and a few others started this tumblr several years ago, “sjw” seemed, to us, to be more of a criticism on people who used social justice to further their own bigoted ends, push already marginalized people out of their own spaces, and dominate discussions with bigoted rhetoric.

In the years since this blog died out, “sjw” came to stand for anyone who supports social justice, a favorite go-to insult for white male nerds/libertarians/redditors. This blog is now followed by people with that attitude, and still gets asks of that nature. Hence the (partial) reason why I no longer update, even though I’ve somewhat returned to tumblr.

For the record, I am not opposed to social justice, and I never will be. I still think there are toxic elements of tumblr social justice underlying a lot of the discussions here. I think it’s important to criticize those elements, but I no longer want to be someone that does it, when my audience has changed and the audience for these types of blog posts has changed to something I don’t support.

On 22 December 2012, the Tumblr "Social Justice Warriors of OKCupid" was launched,[15] to mock "SJW"s (here, persons who reject a gender binary or mention "patriarchy") who were trying to get a date.[16] On 13 November 2013, SomethingAwful forum user "Bo-Pepper" created thread "Hey what does SJW mean?"[17] (Best response: "it doesn't actually mean anything but if someone sincerely uses the term it's a good sign that they're a piece of poo poo".[18]) At this point, SJW had gained middling popularity,[19] and was a known term to many denizens of the conservative parts of the internet.

On 3 March 2014, Will Shetterly released book How to make a Social Justice Warrior: On identitarianism, intersectionality, mobbing, racefail, and failfans 2005-2014, which follows the "history" of the SJW movement.[20] On 1 May 2014, YouTuber "That Guy T" uploaded video "My beef with the (SJW) transgender community".[21] And finally, on 29 June 2014, Redditor "bluedude14" submitted a post "Social justice warriors and feminists ganged up on Richard Dawkins", which received over 4000 upvotes.[22] After this point, shit-storms like Gamergate expanded SJW from anti-feminist and conservative groups to more general usage.[19]

Internet Aristocrat's video on SJWs typifies the views of Gamergate and conservatives.[23]

With its evolution into a conservative dogwhistle, "SJW" has more or less become a substitute for whatever sort of bigoted epithet the speaker wanted to say but knows that they cannot without being labeled a bigot. However, when the ideological opponent is a white male ally, then the reactionaries are free to say "beta" or "cuck" rather than self-censor with "SJW". Another idea is that "SJW" has replaced "Liberal" as a pejorative, that way the speaker doesn't have to automatically identify as a conservative when using it as a snarl word.[24]

Problems with the term[modifica]

The problem with this term is the usual problem with all snarl words: it is used to discredit/smear ANYONE who dares to criticize the social status quo in terms of gender and race relations. Recent incidents of internet drama have revealed that many people on the internet believe in a vast "SJW" conspiracy to "ban hurt feelings." This snarl word has no meaning because to the average anti-equality reactionary, absolutely anyone with any kind of open opinion that minorities are human beings is apparently enough to saddle people with the "SJW" moniker.

Whenever someone complains that you're "one of them SJWs", the correct rebuttal is: "Why yes, I am a proud defender of social justice. Aren't you?"

Shutting down conversation[modifica]

File:SJW Bingo.png
A quick way to deny SJW arguments any validity.
File:Anti-SJW Bingo.png
A quick way to deny anti-SJW arguments any validity.

As much as conservatives might attempt to deny it,[25] the term "SJW" is almost never applied positively, and, like the term "troll", is used only to discredit the person rather than their points.[26][27] Why bother calling someone an SJW when you can call them wrong? Max Hill writes:[28]

Problems that social justice advocates have been stressing for decades are finally finding themselves in the spotlight — issues of sexual abuse and coercion, objectification and sexualization, gender imbalance in the cultural industries — and this has forced those who cling to tired, oppressive ideologies to find an insult for those who dare to challenge the systems of oppression that have kept white, straight, able-bodied men on top of the heap. Hence, the social justice warrior.


Another issue with taking "SJW" seriously is that some of the most popular "examples" of SJW nuttiness were created by trolls on 4chan and elsewhere. For example, "free bleeding"[29] and #EndFathersDay[30][31][32], allegedly examples of "SJWs" going too far, were actually part of of a trolling campaign called "Operation Lollipop": an attempt to divide feminism along racial lines through the creation of an army of sockpuppets posing as "feminist" black women.[33][34][35]


A common criticism of SJWs is that they are themselves not members of the groups that they defend. Hill describes the typical SJW strawman, stating that:[28] "SJWs are generally young, white, and spend their time on social media condemning those who fail to live up to their own moral and ethical standards." Yet there is no clear evidence that this is true or that this deflects from SJW's arguments towards equality among disenfranchised identity groups.


Hill writes:[28]

The occasional overly pedantic Tumblr user targeting white men in power is dwarfed by the thousands of racist, sexist, and homophobic tirades which flood online comments sections every single day. Who’s the real problem here?


SJWs have become the bogeyman of conservatives and "gamers", who think that SJWs (and their shadowy network of Cultural Marxist friends) have infiltrated their sources of information and filled them with feminist political correctness.[36] As Roosh V puts it,[37] SJWs "ensure compliance and homogeny of far left thought. [....] They have also been successful at positioning themselves in the upper echelons of universities, media organizations, and tech companies." Apparently, it is unthinkable that publishers can become more liberal over time, and so an insidious conspiracy becomes the preferred conclusion. In addition, SJWs are often believed to be in it strictly for monetary gain/personal glory/sex.

Siti infestati da SJW[modifica]

"i replaced all instances of ‘witch’ in the malleus maleficarum with ‘sjw’" (eelcock)

Who has the all-powerful SJW conspiracy infiltrated? Are you next?

Twitter and Tumblr are (pretty accurately) described as containing many social justice advocates, and consequently SJWs.[38]


La community di social justice di Tumblr tende ad essere pro-minoranze, supportiva delle persone con disturbi mentali, pro-LGBT, pro-accettazione del grasso, e pro-femminista. Anche se gli utenti più estremi compongono solo una piccola sezione della community social justice, tendono ad essere sproporzionalmente rumorosi, per cui diventano un ottimo bersaglio per il cherrypicking di affermazioni deliranti.

Tumblr come terreno fertile per i SJW può essere largamente uno stereotipo, così come differenti siti raccolgono utenti stereotipicamente diversi. Da completare: Tradurre.The "Discursive Spaces" blog writes that[39] "[there may be] certain stigma suggesting that the average Reddit user is a fedora-touting neckbeard or that a person on Tumblr subscribes to the 'social justice warrior' mentality."

Tile Wolfe praised the Tumblr SJW population, writing that it, "with enough characters to write a novella, are actively educating each other in super-active queer corners of the platform."[40]

There is plenty of sane, well-informed stuff.[41]


Come potrebbe essere altrimenti.

Come da linee guide, ci sono però alcune eccezioni sulla political correctness:


Un wiki a cui Wikisessualità è molto ispirato. RationalWiki è del resto nato come risposta a Conservapedia[wp], una 'enciclopedia' che promuove una visione religiosa, conservatrice, creazionistica[wp], anti-LGBT e anti-femminista delle cose, promuovendo invece scienza basata sui fatti, razionalismo, visione liberale, e sfatando comuni pseudoscienze[rw]/rimedi curativi "miracolosi" o infondati[rw]/bigottismi, spesso con risposte lato-per-lato alle varie argomentazioni proposte.

Wikisessualità include anche contenuti tratti da GeekFeminism e SJWiki, che invece sono dedicati limitatamente a LGBT/femminismo.


Reddit[wp] è una realtà estremamente variegata. Differenti subreddit sono dedicati agli argomenti più disparati:

Voci correlate[modifica]

Risorse esterne[modifica]


  1. "Gamers Misogynistic? Some Certainly Are". Irish Times. 18 ottobre 2014. "The term "social justice warrior" GamerGate: A Closer Look At The Controversy Sweeping Video Games (surely a good thing) has been used pejoratively to describe those writers who choose to examine the social and political subtexts of contemporary video games" 
  2. "The Only Guide to Gamergate You Will Ever Need to Read". The Washington Post. 14 ottobre 2014. "...'SJW,' for social justice warrior—a kind of shorthand insult for liberals and progressives." 
  3. Johnson, Eric (10 October 2014). "Understanding the Jargon of Gamergate". Re/code. "A Social Justice Warrior, or SJW, is any person, female or male, who argues online for political correctness or feminism. 'Social justice' may sound like a good thing to many of our readers, but the people who use this term only use it pejoratively." 
  4. North, Anna (29 August 2014). "Why a Video Game Critic Was Forced to Flee Her home". The New York Times. "[citing Vice] 'For certain segments of the gaming world, she writes, the term refers to "people who, according to Urbandictionary, engage in 'social justice arguments on the internet ... in an effort to raise their own personal reputation.' In other words, SJWs don't hold strong principles, but they pretend to."'" 
  5. Ringo, Allegra (28 August 2014). "Meet the Female Gamer Mascot Born of Anti-Feminist Internet Drama". Vice. "People who, according to Urban Dictionary, engage in 'social justice arguments on the internet ... in an effort to raise their own personal reputation.' In other words, SJWs don't hold strong principles, but they pretend to. The problem is, that's not a real category of people. It's simply a way to dismiss anyone who brings up social justice—and often those people are feminists. It's awfully convenient to have a term at the ready to dismiss women who bring up sexism, as in, 'You don't really care. As an SJW, you're just taking up this cause to make yourself look good!'" 
  6. e.g., 17 July 1998, 13 March 2001, 30 July 2007, 1 Feb 2008, 3 Nov 2008, Summer 2009 — and one from a 1995 novel, which appears more commentary than approbation
  7. 7,0 7,1 Will Shetterly. "Social Justice Warriors: Do Not Engage".
  8. From the horses's mouth: "The true definition of SJW is up for debate, but most generally it has become a catch-all term that describes feminists and liberals who actively try to solve the perceived social injustices of modern society by organizing in online communities to disseminate propaganda, censor speech, and punish individuals by getting them terminated from their employment. They have also been successful at positioning themselves in the upper echelons of universities, media organizations, and tech companies." (
  9. "Urban Dictionary: SocJus"Urban Dictionary.
  10. Intentionally invoking 1984's own Ingsoc, whose primary concern in the book, as we all know, was people's feelings.
  11. "Urban Dictionary: social justice warrior". Urban Dictionary.
  12. "Fuck No Tumblr SJW".
  13. "Fuck No Tumblr SJW".
  14. "Fuck No Tumblr SJW".
  15. "Social Justice Warriors of OKCupid".
  16. "Social Justice Warriors of OKCupid".
  17. "The Something Awful Forums".
  18. "The Something Awful Forums".
  19. 19,0 19,1 "Google Trends".
  20. "How to make a Social Justice Warrior: On identitarianism, intersectionality, mobbing, racefail, and failfans 2005-2014, Will Shetterly -".
  21. "My beef with the (SJW) transgender community...". YouTube. 1 May 2014.
  22. "Social justice warriors and feminists ganged up on Richard Dawkins this week after he dared to imply that old White men are good at things. Here's a snapshot of a much longer argument that took place on Twitter. : TumblrInAction". reddit.
  23. "InternetAristocrat explains how SJW's work.". YouTube. 14 September 2014.
  25. "Articles: Is 'Social Justice Warrior' a Pejorative?".
  26. "Are gamers misogynistic? Some certainly are". The Irish Times. 18 October 2014.
  27. Caitlin Dewey (14 October 2014). "The only guide to Gamergate you will ever need to read". Washington Post.
  28. 28,0 28,1 28,2 "In defence of ‘social justice warriors’". The Peak.
  29. "4chan is trying to make 'free bleeding' the latest Twitter trend". The Daily Dot.
  30. "Here's How A Fake Feminist Hashtag Like #EndFathersDay Gets Started And Why It'll Keep Happening". BuzzFeed.
  31. "#EndFathersDay". Know Your Meme.
  32. "No, feminists aren't trying to #EndFathersDay—it's a hoax". The Daily Dot.
  33. "#EndFathersDay: Trolls being trolls, or “black propaganda” designed to tear apart feminism? | we hunted the mammoth". we hunted the mammoth.
  34. "Activists Are Outing Hundreds Of Twitter Users Believed To Be 4chan Trolls Posing As Feminists". BuzzFeed.
  35. "#YourSlipIsShowing Busts Men Who Are Pretending to Be Feminists to Attack Black Women".
  36. Riley Sailer. "GamerGate: An Example of False Consensus". Medium.
  37. "What Is A Social Justice Warrior (SJW)?".
  38. Lola Okolosie. "Sexists and racists are resorting to online sabotage. But they still won't win". the Guardian.
  39. "Who Holds the Controller? Power in Gaming and Other Virtual Spaces". discursive spaces.
  40. "In Defense of the "Social Justice Warrior"". The Huffington Post.
  41. A somewhat prominent example is Your Fave Is Problematic, a Tumblr that serves as one-stop shopping for questionable celebrity quotes, although see this post of theirs.
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