Karen Araragi from the Monogatari series is a temperamental girl who kicks ass. In season 2, she exclaims that she and her sister Tsukihi are the Fire Sisters, called so because they stand for justice! For them, fire and flames are associated with justice. This appears to be the case for many social justice warriors (sjw) as well, some of whom spew flames and toxicity in their effort to bring down the system. What they often don’t realize is how Neronian and chuunibyou their behavior can be at times.
Foxy Lady Ayame and Neko-chi (who writes about the rvsa incident in Part 2a), attempt to describe the burning issue of social justice, talk about the bad side of tumblr, and pinpoint where movements like feminism can go wrong. Opening a can of worms, here we go! Long post ahead (5 pages) with very few images.
- We are two different people. Just because we agree on certain points, assume not that we agree on everything.
- Criticizing specific behaviors of (internet) activists doesn’t mean we are against social equality or that we don’t identify as feminists -we do.
- The US readers should keep in mind that our opinions don’t fit strictly into the two political boxes they are used to, so trying to read them as x party’s statements misses the point -especially since we live in Europe.
- If you want to comment, we’ll be very happy, but remember to do so politely. We retain every right to delete swears and if things get emotionally unbearable to disable the comment section.
Many thanks to John Sato and Phoenix who edited this sheet of words and to Lifesong who helped me clear out my thoughts and supported me in this project.
Chp. 1: The Illusion of Unity
First of all, it’s essential to dissolve some confusion about social justice movements. Let’s take, for example, feminism: in such a big and historic movement, millions of people participate under one single label. Despite the invocation of sisterhood, one shouldn’t forget the factor of diversity among feminists, who are people with different roots in life, carrying different experiences and thoughts. Especially in activism, an inherently political activity, one shouldn’t be surprised in the face of contradiction. There might be a consensus on what issues are on the agenda eg. sexual assault, rape, the wage gap, but it’s only natural that tension exists between two or more subgroups. Disagreements always arise, even when there are common goals, because each group has different opinions on how a solution to our problems can be achieved. One person in a group does not speak for the entire group.
Activists are human beings, not angels; they are complex and flawed. It is funny, to say the least, to expect zero mistakes and homogeneity from them. Absolute statements and lazy generalizations are just silly and, on top of that, harmful. Instead, it is advisable to look good sources up, like the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, to get a fast glimspe of concepts you aren’t very well acquainted with. We use the internet for our entertainment, but why not use it as a tool for learning too? Just make sure you look up to multiple, valid and up-to-date sources.
If I were to use an anime analogy, feminism is a lot like Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. The protagonists are very much their own person, the reasons they turned into magical girls are varying, and although all of them fight witches, they have dissimilar worldviews. In a similar way, the witches are magical girls with foggy soul gems; in other words, fighters of justice who are psychologically burdened and/or their emotions have driven them to a corner, turn into monsters who prey on people like them and others. Except that social justice bloggers don’t necessarily turn into ‘witches’.