If you have had the pleasure of being on the feminist-y part of the internet lately, you have probably noticed the two sides. One that is entirely supportive of feminism, and the other side that makes fun of the feminist movement by using words like “feminazi” and “social justice warrior”. My question to the world will be focused on the latter.
When using the word “social justice warrior” as an insult towards the activist and feminist communities, I wonder where that insult came from. When did fighting for human rights become a bad thing? I also wonder if this word is just used towards the feminist community, or if it is used towards many different activist groups.
I wonder why people feel that safe spaces and trigger words make someone weak? People seem to be so insensitive when it comes to mental illness. If someone were allergic to peanuts, you wouldn’t question why they didn’t want you to eat peanut butter near them. I don't understand why trigger words and safe spaces are any different.
Overall, I don’t see the problem with being a social justice warrior, or calling yourself one. I think the people using it as a negative thing don't quite understand that being a social justice warrior can be a good, rewarding thing, because we are working towards a better, more equal world.