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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 oxforddictionaries.com, 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: 2015-10-15 07:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] psychonaut
You checked Google, but did you also check Google Books and Google Newspapers? Both of them have citations going back to the 1990s. For example, there are occurrences in an article "No Quick Fix for Homeless" in the 17 July 1998 edition ef the Eugene Register-Guard, and in Tim Dugdale's 1995 novel I Couldn't Care Less. Five years ago I would have suggested you also search Google Groups' Usenet archives, though Google has completely trashed the interface and it no longer allows searching by date.

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