If you’re like me and enjoy a good story, you may have noticed a shift in how stories are told over that last 5-10 years. If you work for a large corporation, you may have noticed a shift towards, “diversity and inclusion”. If you follow governmental policy shifts, you may have seen more discussion involving “hate” speech, and crimes. If you are a college student, you most likely are quite used to political correctness on your campus. What do all these things have in common? They are all just parts of the same movement called, “social justice”.
Proponents of social justice come from a far left, identitarian philosophy. They seem bent on dismantling capitalism and replacing our current system of government with a style of communism based on assigning rights based on arbitrary criteria such as skin color, gender and sexual orientation. They have created a hierarchy of privilege and oppression using something called the “progressive stack”. These people have been dubbed “social justice warriors”, or SJW’s in common pop culture. This can be used as a slur, but I am not using it that way in this writing.
Now that you have a glimpse into the background of the SJW philosophy, you might be wondering what this has to do with writing and characters. Well, to answer this question, I have to go into what it means to be identitarian. I glossed over that in the previous paragraph. Identitarian groups support political interests of one group, be it based in race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc. For example, white nationalists support policies that benefit white people, the Black Lives Matter movement support policies that support black people, LGBT supports gay people, feminism supports women, etc. By contrast, the social justice movement uses the progressive stack to replace all the individual identitarian movements with a single governmental structure. Because of this, representation of all groups becomes very important in all aspects of life. Here is how social justice is impacting modern writing and characters, be it TV, movies, comics, news, etc.
The progressive stack dictates the characteristics of characters high in oppression points not be shown negatively in a story. The same rules dictate that characters with traits that are considered privileged be shown mostly in a negative way. In this way the privileged and oppressed people have shrunken the divide between them, creating more parity. Because of this narrow scope of accepted character behavior, I have noticed the following tropes in SJW writing:
*please note that these impressions are my own opinions and are solely based on my personal observations of characters in TV, movies and books.
- If you are reading a story written by an SJW and come across a straight, white male secondary character, you have found the villain of the story. Expect this character to be a know it all, insensitive, sexist, bigoted, homophobic jerk. You can often tell by hair color how bad this character will be. If he has blond, or red hair, watch out because he is evil incarnate.
- In my opinion, this is the character that SJW’s are most afraid of. Because of this, we see what has been dubbed the, “Gordon good brother”. Almost all secondary black, male characters you see will be competent, smart, nice, reliable, non-violent, meek and always doing the right thing. In other words, boring. The only time you will ever see a black male villain is if the hero is also a black male.
- Primary black male characters suffer from much of the same fears that SJW’s have about writing any faults into characters who are not white. They often end up being a Gordon good brother with more dialogue.
- All white women, in an SJW story, will have the same personality. This character will love science, be instant friends with any other female character, make very few mistakes and always win, or accomplish whatever goal propels the story forward. There will be very little in the way of opposition and any trouble that arises will be beaten easily. This character will be emotionally validated often and will be awesome for the whole story.
- Very similar to white women, with the additional trope of the, “soulful saint”. This character can be seen as essentially a white woman on steroids. Strong, brilliant, proud. A force of nature. One personality for all black female characters. If the white woman is smart, the black woman is just a little smarter. If the white woman can science, the black woman will science just a little better. But it doesn’t really matter, because they are besties and constantly validate each other while slaying the world.
- I use the term, “other”, to describe the background characters you will see. There is just no other way to describe them. Rest assured, this is where the unrepresented group identities from the main story will hang out. You will see an overweight person, a disabled person, maybe even a vaguely Asian person, who knows.
- Sometimes the main character is an Other. This happens when an SJW decides that a particular identity group, be it an ethnicity, religion, or some other arbitrary characteristic of a real human being is being underrepresented. In these cases, the whole story revolves around that underrepresented characteristic. This character will be the personification of what you need to know about whatever arbitrary trait is being represented. Rest assured they will be awesome in every way imaginable. By the way, did you notice they were (fill in the arbitrary trait being celebrated here)? Don’t worry, you’ll be reminded in 10 seconds.
- Expect very high percentages of characters to be homosexual, or trans in SJW writing. This is especially true for female characters, and black female characters in particular. If there is a group of women working together, you will find that up to 50%, or more, of them will be lesbians, or have had girlfriends in the past, or will become the lover of another woman in that group.
- For male characters, the percentage of gay characters is also much higher than you would find in the real world. Often, the gayness of a character overpowers all other aspects of that character, to the detriment of the story. It might be more accurately stated that the story becomes secondary to the gayness of the character.
- In SJW writing, representation is the story. Having a plot with well developed characters is just an annoyance to be avoided at all costs. Depth, flaws, regrets, redemption and failure are looked down upon and usually reserved for white characters. Any trait seen as less than perfect cannot be assigned to any oppressed group identity. The typical arc of an SJW story is that the main character, who will be an ethnic minority, female, gay person of color, or some combination thereof, will be awesome from beginning to the end, all the while having to deal with oppression from the white, male character, but easily winning in the end with nary a struggle. If a white male is one of the good guys, he will either be gay, or a loudmouth know it all who eventually screws up something. In essence, the story is a necessary evil needed only to add representation where they feel it is needed.
It is my opinion that SJW writers care neither about the stories they write, nor about the group identities represented in those stories. They don’t think of the people being represented as people, or even human beings. They are merely boxes in need of a checkmark. If you are gay/trans, female, black, an ethnic minority, or any other “oppressed” group identity, you don’t matter to an SJW. The fact that you are a thinking, feeling, human being with a personal story, a family, friends and neighbors does not matter, in fact, it is an annoyance that needs to be stamped out. Don’t believe me? Try straying off the plantation by saying something not approved in the SJW ideology. You will quickly find out that you will be discarded, un-personed, exiled and destroyed in short order.
I specifically did not name any TV shows, movies, or books I found to be written by SJW’s. I want everyone who reads this to look for themselves at what they consume as entertainment. Now that you know what to look for it will become apparent to you. What can you do about it? You don’t need to call for a boycott. You don’t need to publicly denounce anything. Just use your power as a consumer and quietly move on without supporting whatever offends you.
Light at The End Of The Tunnel
For all of you people, (and to me you are real, live, people), who are sick of being treated like a sword and shield for political points there is hope. It may seem like there is nowhere for you to go. Nowhere to be accepted for who you are. I’m here to tell you, you are wrong. Despite what you are told, the vast majority of people are not racist, are not bigoted, are not homophobic. You might scoff, but the truth is nobody cares about the arbitrary characteristics you can’t change about yourself. What matters to the vast majority of Americans, and any other 1st world nation occupant I would imagine, is the “you” underneath it all. You have been lied to. You have been living in a bubble perpetuated by fear. We all have. We all do, to some extent or another. But I ask you to come out of the cave and into the light and I will do the same. We won’t bite. We will treat you like an individual. You matter.