Why saying “social justice blogging is stupid” is stupid
I’ve noticed two things recently,
- People making jokes about so-called “social justice bloggers” doing/saying ridiculous things.
- People who blog about shit like equality saying stuff like “I hate social justice bloggers.”
Now, here’s what I’m seeing. In the first instance, I’m seeing jokes that are quite a lot of the time funny. I hate to pick through shit with a tooth pick to find corn but also an awful lot of the time they’re just nice people that you’re calling “social justice”.
Yes, it’s fucking annoying to see people in your notes reblogging joke posts and trying to “derail” them, but that doesn’t mean they’re “social justice”, that means they just don’t have a sense of humour. Or that your posts aren’t funny.
It’s the second type that I find the most interesting though. Because who the fuck even knows what “social justice blogging” is? You’re saying “I hate social justice bloggers”, and I’m hearing “Thank God I’m not like THEM”. I’m hearing you passing the blame off on someone else.
The internet is a microcosm. If you judge my personality from this blog, I probably come across as the most boring, serious, annoying person in the world. But that’s because this is just one of my blogs! Online, it’s very easy to forget that the content of one user isn’t their whole personality. So if someone talks a lot about social change online, you assume that’s what they’re like in real life. Spoiler alert, it doesn’t work that way.
People say that these so called mythical social justice creatures try too hard to be inclusive with pronouns, and stuff like that. What’s your fucking point? Most of the people I know in real life probably have NO IDEA what agender means, so it doesn’t exactly hurt to be inclusive online. Why is it suddenly embarrassing or a Tumblr faux paus to be nice to people?
Yeah, people are probably going to shit all over this and tell me that “that’s not what “social justice” is”, but if you do, you’ll just be proving my point. What do you even mean by it? You’re just saying empty words like, “Oh, no I’m not like those annoying social justice bloggers!”
The best example of that I have is when the Laci Green shit went down. This is neither her side, nor the other, but I noticed that the people who were against her called her a “social justice blogger”, and she herself called those people “social justice Tumblr”.
TL;DR - stop calling shit “social justice” because it’s obvious that nobody knows what that means. It’s just another empty phrase that you’re using to make yourself look like less of a shitty person.