Michael K Gray wrote:Karmakin wrote:Check your god damned privilege.
Are you able to vaguely define what this imperative actually means?
You confidently assert it, in context, but I'll be buggered if I can even have an inkling of a fathom of what the fuck this SJW hogwash means.
Well, the exact phrase itself was somewhat ironic, as it's their motto, really. I should start by saying that I do think that the way that the whole privilege thing is typically used is incorrect. That is, that someone has a natural/cultural advantage over somebody else and as such the advantaged person cannot possibly understand what the non-advantaged person is going through, and as such the opinions/experiences of the non-advantaged person should take priority. The problem with that, is that in most cases, it's not the "privileged" person that's above what we think should be the norm, it's the other person who is below that baseline. So I actually think underprivileged is a better term. (But that means you can't dismiss what other people who disagree with you are saying, and that's Bad.)
However, there actually IS privilege in the world. Real, honest to goodness privilege seeking and claiming. And the biggest offender, by far, is religion. When they're demanding the primary seat of every discussion involving any sort of ethics or morality, that's privilege claiming. When they're saying that one needs to be religious to be a good person, that's privilege claiming. When they demand that things that are offensive to them be removed..that's privilege claiming. When they demand that nobody speak up against them because it's "bigotry", that's privilege claiming. And generally speaking, atheists/skeptics fight/argue against these things. And rightfully so.
But all those things above, all those cases of privilege claiming are things that the A+ movement do on a constant basis. All of them. (The first, might be a bit strained, I admit, but I still argue that it's there)
So yes, the point behind it is that the people who go around telling others to check their own privilege have bloody forests sticking out of their own eyes, (My apologies for the religious reference, however, I actually do think that particular parable and the common misinterpretation of it is actually culturally important).
The whole Social Justice Warrior thing, is that if one takes a wider look at things, A+ is just one part of a larger movement. You see the same common threads of privilege claiming and "world revolves around me" style thinking all through it.
I hope that clarified.