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Author Topic: Websites: Looking for good social justice communities  (Read 2136 times)

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Looking for good social justice communities
« on: July 04, 2013, 12:19:09 pm »
Exactly what it says in the title.  I genuinely am interested in SJ issues, but to be honest I don't actually know much about them, largely because all of the SJ-focused corners of the internet I've ever come across were really unpleasant places.   (Um . . . I can be more clear on what exactly I mean by this; I'll explain further if anyone needs clarification but I don't want to turn the OP into a long rant.)

For a long time, that scared me off from ever wanting to get involved in anything related to SJ.  Now I'm starting to become interested again, but I don't know where to start.
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Re: Looking for good social justice communities
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2013, 01:27:53 pm »
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Exactly what it says in the title.  I genuinely am interested in SJ issues, but to be honest I don't actually know much about them, largely because all of the SJ-focused corners of the internet I've ever come across were really unpleasant places.   (Um . . . I can be more clear on what exactly I mean by this; I'll explain further if anyone needs clarification but I don't want to turn the OP into a long rant.)

For a long time, that scared me off from ever wanting to get involved in anything related to SJ.  Now I'm starting to become interested again, but I don't know where to start.

 
Off the top of my head, you could check out:
http://tigerbeatdown.com/
http://www.shakesville.com/
http://www.anamardoll.com/
http://nativeappropriations.com/
http://www.racebending.com/

I couldn't tell you those are the BEST and they are certainly not EXHAUSTIVE but they are what I have in my feed reader.

Thanks for asking, btw! I'm looking forward to seeing what other people rec.
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Re: Looking for good social justice communities
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2013, 02:28:50 pm »
Quote from: Snowdrop;114552
Exactly what it says in the title.  I genuinely am interested in SJ issues, but to be honest I don't actually know much about them, largely because all of the SJ-focused corners of the internet I've ever come across were really unpleasant places.   (Um . . . I can be more clear on what exactly I mean by this; I'll explain further if anyone needs clarification but I don't want to turn the OP into a long rant.)

For a long time, that scared me off from ever wanting to get involved in anything related to SJ.  Now I'm starting to become interested again, but I don't know where to start.

 

I'd be curious as to what sites, and why you found some unpleasant.

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Re: Looking for good social justice communities
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2013, 02:35:35 pm »
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Exactly what it says in the title.  I genuinely am interested in SJ issues, but to be honest I don't actually know much about them, largely because all of the SJ-focused corners of the internet I've ever come across were really unpleasant places.   (Um . . . I can be more clear on what exactly I mean by this; I'll explain further if anyone needs clarification but I don't want to turn the OP into a long rant.)

For a long time, that scared me off from ever wanting to get involved in anything related to SJ.  Now I'm starting to become interested again, but I don't know where to start.

 
For reproductive justice stuff there's  The pro choice public education project

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Re: Looking for good social justice communities
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2013, 04:37:44 pm »
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Exactly what it says in the title.  I genuinely am interested in SJ issues, but to be honest I don't actually know much about them, largely because all of the SJ-focused corners of the internet I've ever come across were really unpleasant places.   (Um . . . I can be more clear on what exactly I mean by this; I'll explain further if anyone needs clarification but I don't want to turn the OP into a long rant.)

For a long time, that scared me off from ever wanting to get involved in anything related to SJ.  Now I'm starting to become interested again, but I don't know where to start.

 
Exactly which social justice area(s)? My main focus is disability rights, but the blogs and forums I read are extremely UK-focused, given the region-specific political issues that we've been facing for at least the past four years. I used to read the wonderful FWD, which was international, but they closed down (which was very sad, as it's an intersection that is seriously in need of being discussed and explored, but hey ho). Their blogroll is still up though, and a lot of the blogs are still being written. (My old one is up there, but it's on long-term hiatus at present.)
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2013, 06:46:22 pm »
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Exactly what it says in the title.  I genuinely am interested in SJ issues, but to be honest I don't actually know much about them, largely because all of the SJ-focused corners of the internet I've ever come across were really unpleasant places.   (Um . . . I can be more clear on what exactly I mean by this; I'll explain further if anyone needs clarification but I don't want to turn the OP into a long rant.)

For a long time, that scared me off from ever wanting to get involved in anything related to SJ.  Now I'm starting to become interested again, but I don't know where to start.

A lot of social justice communities online can become quite toxic. I know this from fist hand experience as an administrator and moderator. I would look to groups that have offline work in addition to an Internet presence. Be weary of any group that feels the need to instigate hate of another group.

Also, avoid tumblr. It seems there is very little intelligent discussion.
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Re: Looking for good social justice communities
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2013, 08:09:51 pm »
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Exactly what it says in the title.  I genuinely am interested in SJ issues, but to be honest I don't actually know much about them, largely because all of the SJ-focused corners of the internet I've ever come across were really unpleasant places.   (Um . . . I can be more clear on what exactly I mean by this; I'll explain further if anyone needs clarification but I don't want to turn the OP into a long rant.)

For a long time, that scared me off from ever wanting to get involved in anything related to SJ.  Now I'm starting to become interested again, but I don't know where to start.


Are you looking to work within a somewhat religious framework? If so take a look at what the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office is doing.


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Re: Looking for good social justice communities
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2013, 08:35:48 pm »
Quote from: Snowdrop;114552
Exactly what it says in the title.  I genuinely am interested in SJ issues, but to be honest I don't actually know much about them, largely because all of the SJ-focused corners of the internet I've ever come across were really unpleasant places.   (Um . . . I can be more clear on what exactly I mean by this; I'll explain further if anyone needs clarification but I don't want to turn the OP into a long rant.)

For a long time, that scared me off from ever wanting to get involved in anything related to SJ.  Now I'm starting to become interested again, but I don't know where to start.

 
www.amnesty.org -- Amnesty International

http://www.glaad.org/ GLAAD for LGBT stuff.
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Re: Looking for good social justice communities
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2013, 11:34:19 pm »
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I'd be curious as to what sites, and why you found some unpleasant.


My main exposure to SJ communities has been through discussions (political or discussions of fiction, mostly) on Livejournal.  (And, okay, I admit it: tumblr.  Just a little bit.)  What I found unpleasant was the intense amount of venom.  A while ago, someone on one of the threads on here made a comment to the effect of, "Even though it can sound like it, being called privileged isn't any kind of insult," and I kind of had to do a double-take at that, because in my prior experience, it very much has been used as an insult.  

I've gotten the feeling in a lot of cases that the people involved were more interested in being righteously angry than in actually helping anyone.  I was once part of a discussion in which a poster was furious because someone wrote a fanfic and used the adjective ravishing in it.  She had this false etymology of the word where she was convinced ravishing meant, "Looking like you ought to be raped."  People pointed out to her that this was incorrect.  She threw a fit because even if that wasn't what the word actually meant, she was still sure that its existence was oppressive.
 
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Exactly which social justice area(s)? My main focus is disability rights, but the blogs and forums I read are extremely UK-focused, given the region-specific political issues that we've been facing for at least the past four years.


Well, um . . .  I mean, I can't really say all of them.  But I guess I am more interested in intersectionality than in any specific area.  Otherwise, LGBT, really.  
 
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Are you looking to work within a somewhat religious framework? If so take a look at what the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office is doing.

 
Thank you!  That is helpful.

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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2013, 12:01:20 am »
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My main exposure to SJ communities has been through discussions (political or discussions of fiction, mostly) on Livejournal.  (And, okay, I admit it: tumblr.  Just a little bit.)  What I found unpleasant was the intense amount of venom.  A while ago, someone on one of the threads on here made a comment to the effect of, "Even though it can sound like it, being called privileged isn't any kind of insult," and I kind of had to do a double-take at that, because in my prior experience, it very much has been used as an insult.  


I was co-chair of my Congregations Anti-Racism Transformation Team (our mandate was to identify and address institutional racism), I have found that the venom and people feeling insulted (when they were not), is hard to address without causing more of the same.

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I've gotten the feeling in a lot of cases that the people involved were more interested in being righteously angry than in actually helping anyone.  I was once part of a discussion in which a poster was furious because someone wrote a fanfic and used the adjective ravishing in it.  She had this false etymology of the word where she was convinced ravishing meant, "Looking like you ought to be raped."  People pointed out to her that this was incorrect.  She threw a fit because even if that wasn't what the word actually meant, she was still sure that its existence was oppressive.
 


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