Political and social action through activities such as signing Internet petitions, clicking on "click to give" sites such as The Hunger Site, posting the color of your bra on Facebook as a way to raise awareness of breast cancer. Arguably either pointless and self-indulgent or tech-savvy, next gen activism.
Two typical examples of mouse-click activism: The Hunger Site, where advertisers agree to contribute funds towards food relief based on the number of clicks per day on the site. Each visitor can be counted for only one click per day. Results are reported each day in number of cups of food for which funds were raised by clicks that day. An example of an Internet petition is one started in Shropshire, UK to protest road tolls, which obtained more than 1 million sign-ons.
The kind of activism undertaken when you "do something" about a problem by tweeting or posting links to Facebook, without any intent of ever actually doing something. Nothing more than a nonsense feelgood gesture so that one can say they "did something about" whatever trendy cause they're pretending to care about. Usually only lasts a week or two before the cause is completely forgotten (i.e. it stops being cool to forward/retweet on the subject).
I forwarded a video about some unspeakable atrocities in a country I didn't know existed until I watched the video. My hashtag activism is going to accomplish something!
A movement based around the idea that people can be healthy and beautiful at any size. The movement is generally accepted as having started in 1969 with the founding of NAAFA by Bill Fabrey.
Noteable groups in the movement's history include the New Haven Fat Liberation Front and the Fat Underground in Los Angeles, both of which were active in the seventies. More recently, NOLOSE (formerly the National Organization for Lesbians of SizE), NAAFA and the Council on Size and Weight Discrimination have been in the vanguard of the fat activism movement.
Some important figures in the history of the fat lib movement include Bill Fabrey, Karen Scott-Jones (now Karen Stimson), Aldebaran (now Sara Fishman) and Lynn McAfee.
More recent figures in the movement include Marilyn Wann, author of the zine Fat!So?, Nomy Lamm, author of the zine I'm So Fucking Beautiful, and Stacy Bias, founder of FatGirl Speaks, a grassroots fat empowerment conference held in Portland every year.
We're going to NOLOSE's fat activism conference this July - are you coming?
My ideas about body image and self worth changed when I became involved in fat activism.
The illusion of dedication to a cause through no-commitment awareness groups. Specifically in reference to Facebook groups centered around political issues.
Dave: Man, this genocide in Darfur is terrible. I sure wish I could make a difference.
Jenna: Well, I made a facebook group about it. We have almost one million members!
Dave: That's great! Are you all going to donate money to refugees or something?
Jenna: No, but now those murderers will really know how sad we are!
Dave: Sounds like you're really into your Facebook activism!
Similar to facebook activism, the belief that no-commitment activities will result in meaningful social change. This meme results from the belief that awareness is all that is necessary to improve society, rather than actually donating money or time.
Real examples of avatar activism:
I changed my Twitter avatar to green to support Iranis!
I blacked out my avatar to support awareness of Australia's Black Saturday!
1. n. a type of performance art involving the flipping of pay-phones upside-down
2. n. art form of any medium that can be described as sociopolitical commentary, absurdist performance art, or revolution
Bob: Hey, why did that guy just flip that payphone upside-down?
Sally: I don't know, must be some kind of feisty activism.
A generally pejorative term used to describe the practice by which judges (typically high ranking judges, e.g. the United States Supreme Court) set groundbreaking precedents via excessively (from the perspective of those using the term) loose interpretations of the law. Such interpretations are most often thought to be politically motivated. Made possible by the legal doctrine of stare decisis, wherein judges are compelled by tradition to mirror rulings from similar past cases.
Roe v. Wade, in which the United States Supreme Court ruled that abortion could not be banned due to an implicit "right to privacy" in the Constitution, is the quintessential example of "judicial activism."