Some people love to throw around "Social Justice Warrior" as an insult. Some people in our society seem to think that there is nothing to be so upset about, that we have equality between men and women, and racism is a thing of the past. Bringing it up is "divisive" and we need more unity they say. Calling out those that oppress you and others is nothing but crybaby nonsense meant to polarize our country. Clearly we need to "toughen up" and stop whining.
Honestly, I think that's a bunch of bull! Women and men are not treated equally under the law. Police brutality is a SERIOUS problem. Rape culture is real and it's terrifying. Families across the globe are being torn apart by draconian immigration policies and war. Nations are turning inward despite the fact that globalization is here to stay. Just because it hasn't happened to you or someone you know doesn't mean it's not a problem. That is called privilege. You should not have to know someone personally to respect their basic human rights or want them to be happy, healthy, and free.
If fighting for human dignity, standing up for what's right, and ensuring that all human beings are treated equally is being an "SJW" then sign me up. I'm a Social Justice Warrior and I'm ready for battle (well, not battle, but I will bring the snacks to your senator-calling and postcard-writing party).
Don't let anyone shame you into thinking that standing up for what you believe in is wrong. The truth is they are terrified of your power. The thought of you reaching your full potential and actually fighting back against injustice has them shaking in their boots. Women, especially, have been conditioned to be meek, weak, and take up as little space as possible both literally (with their bodies) and figuratively (with their voice and ideas). Take up space. Demand justice. Be a warrior and don't back down. It is literally life and death and we can't afford to not be "political" anymore.
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