why so many woman cast? its called star wars not star whores.- NedAlien17, comment on Star Wars: Rogue One trailer, YouTube, April 8, 2016
Alright, here’s the problem a lot of people are having with it. The problem isn’t that the protagonist is a woman, in and of itself. The problem is that it feels like we’re getting “strong, independent” female protagonists shoved down our throat to meet some sort of diversity quota, and any hope of an interesting plot is being sacrificed for that. It’s telling us that the SJW agenda is more important than actually crafting a good story. Now stop calling people sexist because they don’t worship women. Now stop calling people sexist because they don’t worship women. – PhilH, comment on StarWars: Rogue One, trailer, YouTube, April 8, 2016
SJWHate: The Chronicles of Oppressive White Males
You’re not subscribed to r/SJWHATE yest! Click that button or fuck off! – Top of the subreddit titled “SJWHate”, which include posts such as “College Trump supporters have a meeting with only 10 in attendance, 60+ SJWs take over the meeting and attempt to humiliate them”, Who here would hate fuck Anita Sarkeesian?, and Yet more “Teach men not to rape” nonsense
Like 16 million other people, I went to YouTube and checked out the trailer for the new Star Wars: Rogue One film. Like I usually do, I also scrolled down to the comment section, where I discovered the three comments above. These weren’t the only ones, or even the most egregious examples, but they were representative of what I am coming to discover is an increasingly popular internet idea: That men are increasingly oppressed by a group they call “Social Justice Warriors”. I’d read the abbreviation, SJW, before; I’d even read it discussed in a few places. I discovered the anti-SJW subreddit above while looking for places that promote this idea.
According to UrbanDictionary.com, “SJW” refers to
[A]n individual who repeatedly and vehemently engages in arguments on social justice on the Internet, often in a shallow or not well-thought-out way, for the purpose of raising their own personal reputation. A social justice warrior, or SJW, does not necessarily strongly believe all that they say, or even care about the groups they are fighting on behalf of. They typically repeat points from whoever is the most popular blogger or commenter of the moment, hoping that they will “get SJ points” and become popular in return. They are very sure to adopt stances that are “correct” in their social circle.
According to Wikipedia,
During the Gamergate controversy the negative connotation gained increased use, and was particularly aimed at those espousing views adhering to social liberalism, political correctness or feminism.Vice reported that the accusation of being an SJW implied a person was engaged in disingenuous social justice arguments or activism to raise their personal reputation.Vice assessed the problematic use of the term: “The problem is, that’s not a real category of people. It’s simply a way to dismiss anyone who brings up social justice—and often those people are feminists.”
I gotta tell ya, I had no idea there were so many men willing to put themselves out there as those who do not advocate justice; so many men who believe the promotion of social justice is disingenuous; so many men who are terrified of women . . . I added that last one because, honest to God, when I read anti-SJW posts, all I see are men for whom nothing is more frightening than a woman in a position of power and authority; a woman portrayed as a man’s equal in some way or other; and men who think giving greater prominence to the voices of women and minorities is a social good.
Like the ridiculous “Men’s Rights Activists” (MRA) who usually end up advocating rape or murder against women (see the above-linked “Gamergate Controversy” for this tidbit: “After a former boyfriend of Quinn wrote a lengthy disparaging blog post about her, others falsely accused her of entering a relationship with a journalist in exchange for positive coverage, and threatened her with assault and murder.”). The only reason, as I see it, that a so-called man would do so is out of fear. And not just the kind of fear that comes from some personal psychopathology. This is truly a wide-spread social psychosis allowing men to vent their most horrible fantasies of rape and murder; that the results are often psychologically damaging to the targets of such bile-retching shows that it is not something harmless, like Tucker Carlson complaining that Hillary Clinton is “castrating, overbearing, and scary”. The concerted efforts of so-called men to silence women and others by threatening them with violence, all the while believing that those who pursue Social Justice are somehow disingenuous in both their actions and motives, is appalling.
I keep calling them “so-called men” because anyone advocating violence is not a man. Anyone who believes that being called “Social Justice Warrior” is an insult from which people should run is not a man. Anyone white dude who thinks they are oppressed is not a man. Anyone who does all this anonymously on the Internet (I’ve yet to see someone carry on about “SJW’s” who does so giving their full name) is not a man. Honestly, calling them boy-men isn’t really fair to boys. These insecure, fear-drenched Ken dolls (not because of their looks; because of the anatomical correctness) are a danger, to be sure. Yet, they should be pitied while simultaneously being mocked for their lack of any relationship to real manhood.
The next time you’re out on the Internet and you discover someone carrying on about “SJW’s” and how they’re ruining everything from film to Tumblr, just remind yourself that, in their heads, these commenters are curled in a ball, fearful of anyone who has more power than they do, which is probably pretty much everyone. Mock them gently, then move on.