In this day and age, there's a label for just about everything. Unless you've been living under a rock for the last year or so (that's about as long as I've been seeing it), then I'm sure you're familiar with terms such as "social justice warrior (SJW)", "white/pink (new to the family) knight", and "PC (politically correct)". Terms that were meant to be positive but have been absolutely shredded to smithereens by negativity. Terms that people would rather cut off their own foot than associate themselves with. But also terms that I don't dislike and actually do associate with, to a certain extent. Read on and I'll do my best to explain why.
I think the biggest problem that people have with SJWs is that they don't feel like it's coming from a genuine place. They feel like it's just people finding another reason to be offended. Not always the case. I will say that we are living in a time where people tend to get offended WAAAYYY too easily. Case in point:
I think she blew that whole situation way out of proportion. I don't know what her endgame was there, but her reaction was uncalled for. In my opinion, that is a clear case of looking for something to be offended about. A lot of the situations where I've seen people called out as SJWs, wasn't warranted (again, in my opinion). But, there are people that agreed with her. That's just it, not everybody will be offended by the same things. What offends me, may not offend other people. And vice versa. Does that mean that people shouldn't voice their opinions or stand up for what they believe in? It's a lot less black and white than people make it out to be. Terms like "social justice warrior" and "politically correct" are thrown around so loosely, I feel. People realize that someone doesn't share their view or stance on something and boom, that person is automatically labeled.
When it comes to PC, it seems like the less offensive you try to be, the more that term gets thrown at you. Here's something you may not know: you can disagree with someone without being an asshole about it. I mean, seriously. Are there people that sugarcoat things too much? Sure there are. Can that be a problem? Yes, it can. Certain situations call for a level of bluntness. But again, being blunt and being an asshole are two different things. People complain about others being too PC, but there's another end of that spectrum. There are people that go out of their way to be seen as not PC for the approval of others. Everything out of their mouth is rude, crass, and ignorant for no reason at all. I've seen it on here quite a few times. It's like a pissing match to see who can be the biggest dick. We don't aways have to be so negative to each other. I'm not saying be all rainbows and glitter and gumdrops all the time. That's not possible. But it's also not necessary to be rude. Find the middle ground.
White Knights are basically what guys call other guys when they side with women. These guys are supposedly only doing so to make themselves look better and possibly get laid. We knew this, right? Well, apparently there is a female version of sorts. Pink Knight. Also sides with other women, takes up for and gives false ratings, simply because they both are women. I laughed when I first saw this. I'm a Pink Knight in the sense that I tend to insert myself into situations where I feel like people are being picked on. And no, it isn't always in favor of the female. I can, have, and will call another girl out if I feel she's wrong. I also don't have a problem giving a compliment and uplifting another girl. But I'll just as quickly do the same for a guy.
To sum it all up, I don't think it's a bad thing to stand up for what you believe in. I don't feel like it's necessary to deliberately hurt someone's feelings. And if I happen to see a situation where it looks like someone is being mistreated, then I'm going to say something. Simple. I wrote this Take knowing full well what the general response would be. I'm all about a healthy debate. Thanks for reading.
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