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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!"
by boiledchicken January 07, 2012
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Person 2:I guess he's an SJW
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SJW stands for "Social Justice Warrior", however its actual meaning has changed several times, and even now depends on context.

Originally the term was positive, with figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi being described as such when praised for their work in bringing justice and equality to oppressed groups. Examples of its use as a term of praise go back as far as 1824, and this continued to be the meaning of the term up until around 2011.

In 2011 several events, primarily Gamergate, led to the term becoming a pejorative. Many began to use the term to describe people who were overly sensitive and quick to insult anyone who said something they perceived as attacking or oppressing some group of people, even when it wasn't warranted. Basically, anyone who overreacted to a perceived slight against a person or group of people.

However, the term has continued to evolve. While the previous definition sometimes applies, it's now often used simply as an excuse to dismiss things other people say without having to think about them at all, regardless of whether or not they have a valid point. In other words, it's increasingly used as if it's a "get out of jail free" card for insulting entire groups of people. This watering down of the meaning is slowly turning the term into a meaningless insult.
Early: "The late Reverend King's work as a social justice warrior helped lead to the integration of all races in our schools today."

Mid: "All I said was that maybe she overreacted, and the SJW accused me of oppressing all women!"

Late: "She should get off YouTube and make me a sandwich. And before any of you SJWs complain, it's just a joke."
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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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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.
by Nan E. Sore May 31, 2015
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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."
by xtravisage May 03, 2015
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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!
by Xyoh October 27, 2016
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