Social Justice Warriors Are Ruining Social Media

Social Justice Warriors Are Ruining Social Media

In an age where social media has the power to unite people, social justice warriors are dividing everyone.
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Co-Author: Christopher Brady

Social media has become a platform that nearly anything can be shared on. It has an undeniable influence that reaches audiences across the globe; however, whether social media has a positive or negative impact on our society is still up for debate.

Nobody can deny the power social media holds - especially over millennials. Recently, one of the biggest trends on social media has been the overwhelming presence of "social justice warriors", or SJWs. If you were to research what exactly a SJW is, there will be no clear definition, since it is technically a pejorative term. But just to give a brief description of how we believe SJWs to behave:

SJWs have always had a presence on social media, but it seems they have come to a higher prominence in the last year or so after the rise of Trump. SJWs tend to take things to a whole other level of "extreme."

They often blow things out of proportion that don't need to be. In particular, these SJWs focus on "racism" and "sexism;" often claiming things to be racist or sexist when in reality, they are neither of those. It's almost as though they wake up every morning with "ruin everyone's day" as the first thing on their agendas.

SJWs have also managed to have an impact in the world through their nonstop banter on social media. Recently, a new documentary aired on Netflix, entitled "What The Health." A few months prior to its release, the soap company Lush released an Instagram post promoting the film.

If you click this link, you'll see Lush's original post before they were forced to issue an apology to the public. As seen in the original post, Lush simply cited statistics relevant to the documentary it was promoting. SJWs took it upon themselves to twist what was posted by Lush, harming the company's reputation in the process.

The phrases "fat-shaming" and "body positivity" were frequently used in the comments section of the original post. Those criticizing Lush seemed to have this idea that addressing obesity, and the health issues surrounding it, somehow insults those that are, in fact, overweight.

Addressing the issues of obesity and unhealthy lifestyles is not "fat-shaming," and it is certainly not malicious. Enlightening the masses on things that could potentially harm individuals is not "fat-shaming."

Let's take smoking for example. For years, people attacked smokers, but nobody was around to tell them to stop "smoke-shaming." And when establishments banned smoking within their walls, there were no groups breaking down doors to reverse this.

Smoking is slightly different due to the fact that is can impact others physically as well as the one smoking themselves. Nevertheless, both are unhealthy lifestyles; however, nobody is going to get mad if Lush posts an anti-cigarette advertisement on their Instagram page.

SJWs have a lot more on their itineraries than just obesity and fat-shaming. They are also very concerned with their own view of racism.

Just as a disclaimer, we strongly believe that racism exists and is not acceptable in any situation. However, SJWs sometimes do not understand the true definition of "racism," and often end up looking like fools.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, racism is "a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race."

Recently, Twitter SJWs played their own game on the app where users re-casted their favorite movies with one rule: no straight, white men.

We have absolutely no issue with pushing diversity in the entertainment industry. We strongly believe that characters that are meant to be portrayed by certain races should be played by actors and actresses of those particular races. But creating a hashtag on Twitter, and creating a game that specifically excludes an entire race, is in and of itself racist.

There have even been instances in which SJWs seem to pull racism out of thin air.

Self-proclaimed SJW Sania Kay (@sania90) took to Twitter to tackle an issue that quite literally does not exist. In baseball, when a pitcher gets a strikeout, the crowd will often put the letter "K" on display to represent the strikeout.

On July 4th, 2017, Kay posted a photo speaking about how this system represents institutionalized racism. Kay was unaware of the fact that this form of representing strikeouts has been around for over a century; however, when other Twitter users explained to her that this was something commonly done in baseball games, she continued to label it as racist.

If you were to read through the thread of comments under Kay's original post, you will see that she argues that the system that has been in effect for years should be changed because it is "offensive." This is not something that is offensive in the slightest. This is a prime example of a SJW over-exaggerating about something that needs not be blown up.

One final exhibit of the behavior of SJWs is the SheaMoisture incident in which the company decided to perform a marketing strategy that was meant to broaden the SheaMoisture customer base.

The predominantly African American customer base became outraged when SheaMoisture released an advertisement with white women in it. They claimed the company was abandoning its original, loyal buyers, and even went as far as to create the hashtag "#AllHairMatters" to mock SheaMoisture.

SheaMoisture did absolutely nothing wrong with this advertisement. We live in a society where capitalism is present - this means companies will want to reach a larger audience so they can make more money. SheaMoisture was not trying to undermine or abandon its black customers. The company was simply trying to appeal to customers of other races as well.

To close things off, it seems impossible at this point to log in to social media anymore without witnessing some sort of argument that doesn't need to be occurring. Social justice is something that needs to be discussed in our country since social issues are certainly a pressing matter, but picking fights on microaggressions and faux racism will not help us achieve the goals we aim to achieve.

So, SJWs: please focus on real issues, and stop ruining social media.

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Christian Boys Vs. Godly Men

It is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.
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Ladies, there is a huge difference between a Christian boy and a Godly man; therefore, it is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

So many times I hear girls saying:

“Well, he’s a Christian.”

“He goes to church with me.”

“He listens to Christian music.”

“He went to church camp.”

“He has a favorite bible verse.”

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Well, all of those things are just peachy and there is nothing wrong with doing those things. I mean, they’re all good things to do. But how is his personal relationship with God? How is his prayer life? Does he talk about his relationship with God, with you? Is he truly a follower of the one true God in all aspects of his life? These are some of the characteristics you should be looking for that makes a Godly man.

Ladies, a man will love you great when he loves God greater.

A Godly man will pursue an honest relationship with you. He will be clear of his intentions. A Godly man will worship, pray and passionately praise God with you. Whereas, a Christian boy might open the door for you, a Godly man will open his bible and explore God’s word with you so that you both may grow spiritually, together. While a Christian boy may put on an outward show, a Godly man will live out the love of Jesus daily.

So ladies, are you catching on to this ongoing trend? A Godly man does more because you deserve more.

A Godly man will be a leader. Trust me, I know that in today’s society Godly men are few and far between while Christian boys come in plenty. But you deserve a man who is after God’s heart not just a boy who goes to church. And I know that this Christian boy may seem great and have some really stellar qualities at the time but money and looks fade, whereas, an ongoing love for our savior will not.

The greatest thing a man can do for a woman is to lead her closer to God than himself. (Yes, yes, yes).

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So I beg of you, do not settle. Do not settle just because you’re tired of being single, it’s convenient or because you want the relationship your friend has. Single does not equal available and a relationship status does not define you. God uses your season of singleness to prepare you for what is to come. And if you’re dating a Christian boy, he needs to step it up or you need to move on. Wait for a Godly man who is ready to lead you. God’s timing is always better, always. No matter the circumstance. So, do not rush God. (I mean, He is, after all, pretty good at His job). Therefore, turn your full focus to Him and He will direct your path.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

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Making a Decision: an Indecisive Guide

To all the indecisive people out there: you are not alone

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I am the queen of indecision. For me, making a choice will have me frantically calling both of my parents, asking all of my friends' advice and postponing all studying until the decision is made. Of course, this is because I do not want to make a choice that I regret – such as the time I decided that starting my job at 6:30 am would be a good idea, or the time when I scared my friends with how hyper I was after drinking both coffee and Boba tea. Yet when I take this caution of making the wrong choice too far, the decision-making process itself ends up being regrettable. So much so that I called my mom approximately seven times this weekend to ask her advice on a decision. So much so that my brother used an example of me not being able to choose what kind of shoe I should wear in his article.

This weekend, I was presented with two amazing opportunities to make a difference in the world this summer and I entered a stage of decision paralysis that I did not know was possible. No matter which angle I looked at each situation from, they both would provide me with a phenomenal experience, and would both require sacrifices. Despite not (as of yet) reaching a concrete decision, I learned a lot about the decision-making process and what to do in the next time I am faced with a difficult choice. So, in the spirit of finding summer jobs, gearing up to register for classes and deciding what on earth we want to do with our futures, here are the tips and tricks that I would follow to make the best decision that you can.

Don't overthink it.

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Really, this goes without thinking! Or, unlike most of us, it goes with a LOT of thinking! Seriously though, if you overthink things, they will turn into a pudding mush in your brain until you don't know what you don't know anymore. There is a very fine line between thinking through all your options and overthinking them – and judging by the number of times I called my mom this weekend, definitely crossed it.

Always use the pro-con list

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Ah, the Gilmore Girls. Not only did you inspire me to read every single book under the sun or have a witty conversation full of cultural references no one else understands, but you also taught me the beauty of the pro-con list. Choosing what you want can be messy and difficult to find because of the fears you might have. distinguish from the fears. Writing it all down on paper can often illuminate the right decision and show you which path is ultimately better.

Decide on your make-or-break factor

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Sometimes even the best pro-and-con lists will not be enough and will leave you in a frantic analysis ("should I go for the decision with 3 cons or 3.5 cons?") When even the Gilmore method fails, fear not! Consider which factors you truly do not want to compromise on and go from there. This can mean that even the worse decision may be the right one for you.

Trust your gut

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As much as it is difficult to dig through your feelings to find your true motives behind a decision, your gut can sometimes tell you what you are most passionate about and therefore what decision is best for you to take. As my Emory Reads friends tell me, passion trumps everything. Choosing which decision aligns with your values will often lead you to make the best and most-satisfying decision.

But trust your head as well

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But your gut can't always be trusted. It can lie to you, and when you overthink too much, it can change its mind. Your gut feeling may be one that is furthermore borne out of fear of the other option. In that way, I have made many a good decision based on the pure basis of rationality. Using only our heart to make important decisions allows fear to be one of the factors, whereas looking at the decision rationally can help you see the ultimate path.

Ask around

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When I am puzzled about making a risky decision, I often consult the people in my life who are on my side and want the best for me. These people can help you gauge what your heart truly desires, bring up factors that you haven't considered and even act as a support network for you while making this decision. When your mind kicks into over-analysis, sometimes a fresh perspective is all you need to truly make a confident choice. Decisions are hard, people. Don't make them on your own.=

Don't ask everyone

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There is such a thing as consulting others to make an important decision, and there is such a thing as relying on them to make your decision. If you ask too many people from too wide a pool, you'll end up having opinions for and against what you are proposing, which means that someone will always be disappointed in your decision. The bottom line is, asking too many people for their opinions is frustrating, no matter what – whether they have contradicting opinions, or they just nod their heads and go "hmmm, tough choice" (thanks, I guess?). In order to avoid frustration, consult the people in your life who know you the best and are dearest to you, rather than the stranger in front of you in line for fries at the DUC.

"Would my dad be proud?"

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Or your granddad, or your mom, or your professor, or even a TV character. Whoever you know whose morals you can measure your decision up to will often provide reason and illumination. If the decision you are making is not too wild and you feel that you will have their approval, then it is likely not detrimental.

Stick with your decision!

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Resolutely make up your mind and refuse to turn back. Exercise your right as a free individual to make a choice for yourself, and then do not second-guess it. Please don't do what I did and email a company two days later saying you've changed your mind. Please.

There is not always a right decision

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Sometimes both decisions you are presented with have different but equally good opportunities. In that case, lucky you! You have two amazing opportunities and therefore cannot mess up. Rather than stressing that you are picking the wrong choice, know that you cannot go wrong in either.

Realize you will grow no matter what

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Decision-making should be viewed as a challenge and a privilege rather than a burden. Make big, bold and beautiful decisions. Making up your mind can lead to a phenomenal experience that you will adore or a difficult experience that will only fashion you into a better person. Positive consequences can come out of any decision, even if we land in an upsetting position. Each choice we make can positively contribute to our character, fashioning us into the person we are becoming, day by day.


By the time this article is published, I will know my decision. And hopefully, by the end of this article, you will know yours. Let's continue to make decisions courageously, following both our heads and our hearts. Let's be determined to grow through our decisions, realizing that we have made the best choice we could, and never looking back.

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