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Social Justice Warrior. A pejorative term for an 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.

The SJW's favorite activity of all is to dogpile. Their favorite websites to frequent are Livejournal and Tumblr. They do not have relevant favorite real-world places, because SJWs are primarily civil rights activists only online.

A social justice warrior reads an essay about a form of internal misogyny where women and girls insult stereotypical feminine activities and characteristics in order to boost themselves over other women.

The SJW absorbs this and later complains in response to a Huffington Post article about a 10-year-old feminist's letter, because the 10-year-old called the color pink "prissy".


Commnter: "I don't like getting manicures. It's too prissy."

SJW: "Oh my god, how fucking dare you use that word, you disgusting sexist piece of shit!"
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SJW stands for "Social Justice Warrior," a derogatory word and euphemism to replace outdated terms such as, "Nigger lover." Can also be used to describe anyone who advocates for homosexual rights, women's rights, equal treatment for those with disabilities, and respect for minority groups in a derogatory and dehumanizing way.

(From past): We should abolish Jim Crow laws!
Response: You're a nigger lover!

(Modern): We should protect black lives from police brutality!
Response: You're an SJW!
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SJW is a white supremacist term that is used to label any issue that white people don't find important. It amounts to saying only the concerns of white males are legit and everyone's concern is ridiculous. Other social issues that are important to white people like taxes, immigration, terrorism and Black on Black crime is never labled SJW. Only things white people hate are labeled that.
"Black Lives Matter is nothing more than SJW bullshit."
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An abbreviation of Social Justice Warrior, SJWs are people who believe or pretend to believe in "Social Justice" AKA ideas of white privilege, cis privilege, thin privilege, ableism, and patriarchy theory. This is often coupled by hatred for anyone who they consider "privileged" (cis people, white people, men, etc.) They're usually (but not always) white/Asian, upper-middle class females with a sexuality you have never heard of before. They will repeat the same mantra over and over, and will never change their opinion unless whoever is teaching them those ideas opinion changes. Their favorite phrase is "check your privilege." They use the website tumblr religiously.
White straight male: "hi"
White straight male: "All I said was-"
White straight male: "What are you talking abou-"
Another person: "no use in trying to reason with her, she's an SJW"
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An abbreviation for "Social Justice Warrior", a term that once referred to a person who fights for civil rights issues not because they care, but in order to boost their own ego. Has since been commandeered by certain movements and is now typically used to mean "anyone that I disagree with", especially if said person shows any support for feminism or other progressive causes. Has become a way for some reactionary groups to pretend that they're working against some united front of progressives that are secretly controlling everything from review scores to politics, as opposed to a general shift in the public social consensus.
"I don't condone death threats and harassment, but they were being an SJW, so they deserved it."
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Short for "Social Justice Warrior". Someone who is vehemently self-righteous over the pettiest things. They claim to fight against social injustices but are abusive and quick to vilify or bully anyone deemed a "bigot".

Since social injustices cannot be processed under law, they turn to discredit and shame opponents. SJWs will often use labels, twist definitions of words with heavy connotation, make appeals to emotion, and repeat unreliable statistics. They are easy to offend and are quick to police speech. They are major advocates of political correctness in non-political contexts, identity politics, and trigger warnings.

SJWs mainly battle against major sociocultural classes, under the pretense that being a majority leads to better living standards, as opposed to economic/socioeconomic class where living standards are proportional to income. They are the main propagators of "cultural marxism" and its rise in popularity as a term. These sociocultural classes include age, race, gender, nationality, religion, sexuality, among others; often asking them to "check their privilege" (to recognize the benefits of being part of said cultural classes).
The self-proclaimed feminist was so offended by the juvenile joke she overheard, that she got the person banned from the convention.

The SJW was so triggered by the movie, that they began to attack the director for its fictional racism.
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stands for "Social Justice Warrior"

derogatory term for people who are basically overly in defense of whatever the popular beliefs portray as the greater victim of discrimination (usually SJWs would be defending women, african americans, homosexuals, etc).
A SJW against sexism might think that since women are so much moreso discriminated against than men, they should get special treatment.

They might also say that people who say that men are discriminated against should realize that since women are so much moreso discriminated against than men, that it's wrong/rude to defend men.
by Sivan Ingram July 31, 2011
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