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the nascent rationalwiki article on the term “social justice warrior” is going great. main thing it needs is firmer detail on the earliest coinage of the term.

the earliest pejorative usage we can find (and knowyourmeme concurs) is will shetterly’s blog tone-policing “social justice warriors” versus “social justice activists”.

in the sort of “5 minutes with google” research sk1llz that will one day have us up there with cracked, i found earlier usages from 2007 and 2008, proudly applying the term to people who worked hard to make the world a somewhat better place.

so what i’m really after:

  1. any earlier pejorative usages;
  2. any earlier non-pejorative usages.

your assistance would be most welcomed.

the oxford english dictionary’s quick definition site, btw, appears to have been infiltrated by the socjus menace: their definition is simply “A person who expresses or promotes socially progressive views”, but one of their example sentences is “Some of them admit they’re afraid that social justice warriors will ruin video games.”

(also, why can’t my terrible research skills find any sociologists talking about tumblr sjws. back in the ‘90s, sociologists and students seemed desperate to find anything resembling a subculture to write about. i ran a fanzine and was fending off calls regularly.)

please forward this anywhere you think would be helpful.

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Date: 2015-10-14 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Sociology (and probably any other social science field, really) is always slightly behind the curve, as it takes years to produce proposals, acquire funding, collect data, perform analysis, and publish. By the time you get something published, your work is always going to be a few years old. On a related note, it may take a while for scholars to figure out that there is a new subculture out there that they need to pay attention to. Back when I was a Sociology Master student (back in the mid-2000's), I was surprised at how little there was on video-gaming/MMO culture, which, by that time, had blossomed into a full-fledged subculture (with conventions, specific musical artists, media outlets like Penny Arcade and such, etc.). I haven't really checked to see if there has been much in the way of scholarly research on the topic since then.

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