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    Kyriarchy is an interlocking set of cultural, economic, and legal rules and systems that work to keep multiple groups oppressed for the benefit of a ruling group or class.
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    "[O]ne in four young people—175 million adolescents—is unable to read a single sentence. Based on current trends, [...] it will take until 2072 for the poorest young women in developing countries to learn to read." —UNESCO
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    Ally is an umbrella term used by some to refer to people who (claim to) support oppressed and marginalised groups.
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    Scientism is a pejorative umbrella term for related philosophical positions which claim the only truth is that which can be reached via the scientific method, that philosophy has no role within science, and that science does not require moral or ethical guidelines.
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    Levels of analysis refers to a way of analysing or designing a complex system, like privilege or society more broadly.
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    Cultural appropriation is the process by which a member of a dominant culture takes or uses aspects of another, often colonised, culture without that culture's permission and/or without any understanding of the deeper cultural meanings behind the appropriated item.
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    Neurosexism is the sexist assumption that gender differences perceived in character and behaviour are caused by biological differences in brains.
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    They/them/their is a third person singular (themself) and plural (themselves) pronoun. Some non-binary individuals request others use this set of pronouns when they refer to them in third person singular.


SJWiki is a wiki and community centred around intersectional social justice and related issues.

We wish to document, explain, and support any activism that is part of the greater social justice movement, e.g., feminism, the LGBT movement, anti-fascism, the civil rights movement, the queer movement, no borders and migrant solidarity movements, the trans movement, the fat acceptance movement, the body positive movement, and so on. By the same token, we want to debunk, document, and provide commentary on reactionary movements, that work to corrode, or otherwise damage, advancements in social justice.

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Circumstances such as where a person is born, where they live or their gender and ethnicity should never determine their income or their opportunities for quality education, basic healthcare, decent work, adequate shelter, access to drinking water, political participation or living free from threatened, or actual, physical violence.

—Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, Message for the 2014 World Day of Social Justice

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John Rawls, by Jane Reed[1]

John Rawls was an American political and moral philosopher. Rawls' most important work was A Theory of Justice (published in 1971, and revised in 1975 and 1999).

Rawls sets his theory of justice against the utilitarian tradition of justice. When Rawls uses the word "justice", he means social justice. He argues that the traditional theory of utilitarianism proposed by John Stuart Mill and Jeremy Bentham "the greatest good for the greatest number of people" is the theory that is closest to our intuitive notion of justice. However, Rawls critiques this traditional form of utilitarianism in the following quote: "[utilitarianism] adopt[s] for society as a whole the principle of choice for one man.”[2] By doing this, Rawls argues that "[utilitarianism] fails to take seriously the distinction between persons."[2]

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  1. John Rawls, influential political philosopher, dead at 81, by Ken Gewertz
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Theory of Justice Rawls, ISBN:0-674-00078-1

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