Monday, December 14, 2015

Shutting Down Conversations About Rape at Harvard Law - The New Yorker

Shutting Down Conversations About Rape at Harvard Law - The New Yorker

"It is a near-religious teaching among many people today that if you are against sexual assault, then you must always believe individuals who say they have been assaulted. Questioning in a particular instance whether a sexual assault occurred violates that principle. Examining evidence and concluding that a particular accuser is not indeed a survivor, or a particular accused is not an assailant, is a sin that reveals that one is a rape denier, or biased in favor of perpetrators."

"It is as important and logically necessary to acknowledge the possibility of wrongful accusations of sexual assault as it is to recognize that most rape claims are true."

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Gender critical trans women: The apostates of the trans rights movement.

Gender critical trans women: The apostates of the trans rights movement.:
Gender-critical trans women are a uniquely despised group: They experience the discrimination all trans people are subject to as well as the loathing of the trans rights movement and its allies. “I am more afraid of my community harming me than I am of society harming me,” says Corinna Cohn, a 40-year-old libertarian from Indianapolis. In 2012, Cohn founded one of the first gender-critical trans blogs, but she shut it down last year when the online harassment became too overwhelming; she is still afraid to be publicly connected to it. (Before agreeing to use her real name in this piece, Cohn warned the human resources manager at her company that she might hear from people trying to have her fired.)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

People who mock free speech: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Social Justice Warriors, Hitler

“We’re going to hear all the usual complaints. You know, freedom of speech, et cetera." —Hillary Clinton

"Somebody will say, 'Oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech.' These are foolish people, we have a lot of foolish people." —Donald Trump

"The specific thing that is garbage is the incredible prevalence of effectively consequence-free speech." —Arthur Chu

"Only the continuous and steady application of the methods for suppressing a doctrine, etc., makes it possible for a plan to succeed."—Adolf Hitler.

Monday, December 7, 2015

The narrow narrative of the social justice warrior

I just came across an SJW doing a cursory history of the name, The Hateful Baggage of the Term SJW. It appears to have been prompted by Eli Roth's 'Green Inferno' devours the Internet's 'social justice warriors'. The writer, Dave Pace, cites me as a promoter of the term, calls me a Marxist, then insists the people who disapprove of SJWs are rightwingers.

Logic for cultists is different than it is for the rest of us.

The fact is critics of SJWs cover the political spectrum, as anyone who bothered to research both sides of the issue would know. A fine way to start researching leftwing criticism of the SJW phenomenon would be to google "Adolph Reed identitarianism" and see where the internet takes you.

The writer says my book about SJWs "grows into attacks on feminists, gays, identity politics in general become the real problem with society, says Will Shetterly. People seeking equality and justice, recognition as human beings like the rest of us were the ones holding us back from a better tomorrow. If only they would stop all their bleating we could fix these class issues…"

Now, how he can say I've attacked gay folks, I do not know. I met my first gay friend when I was fifteen and I've supported gay rights ever since, right up to volunteering at the Minnesota State Fair ACLU booth to help bring about gay marriage in Minnesota.

As for feminists, I've loved and admired feminists right up to the development of third-wave feminism by neoliberal thinkers, when feminism splintered. I continue to admire socialist feminists like Sharon Smith.

The writer's disdain for class issues amuses and saddens me, but it's typical of privileged identitarians who, by definition, care more about social justice than economic justice.

Perhaps the most revealing thing the writer does is what he doesn't do: he doesn't quote me saying any of the things he says I said. He links to a site where some of scifi's SJWs took things I said out of context and omits my response: Racefail and Coffeeandink.

Ah, well. Had he quoted what I actually said, he would know my discussion of SJWs, like most criticism of SJWs, has nothing to do with people seeking equality and justice. It's about abusive people who cite those things to rationalize abuse, as though it's possible to create a better world by bullying for good causes.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Dear everyone who thinks I coined "social justice warrior"

I didn't coin the term. I saw it somewhere on Tumblr (where else?), perhaps at Be a SJ Ally, not a SJ Sally, and verified that it was becoming common at Urban Dictionary: social justice warrior.

I get credit for it because this blog's older entries were imported from elsewhere, so the site looks older than it is. And I began using the term in the science fiction community, where SJWs were very active but no one had identified them, so it's fair to say I helped popularize it.

I don't like the term because it's so open to misunderstanding. I would like something more precise, like Bullies Who Appropriated the Good Name of Social Justice to Excuse Verbal Abuse, Death Threats, Doxxing, and Censorship, but people like short names, and I can't offer an alternative to SJW that's as terse. Most of the alternatives—clicktivists, keyboard warriors, etc.—leave out the context, and for SJWs, "social justice" is the crucial concept. Nevermind the fact that traditional social justice workers like Dorothy Day and Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara are tweeting from heaven under the tag #NotYourShield.

Ultimate Social Justice Warrior (video)