Welcome to Social Justice Wiki!
SJWiki wishes to document, explain, and through this offer support to 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 derail advancements in social justice.
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|“||My experience is that ‘brocialists' don’t openly embrace patriarchy; they deny it’s a problem. Or they minimise it. They direct your attention elsewhere: you should be focusing on class. You’re being divisive. You’re just middle class (quelle horreur!). Or they attack a straw ‘feminism’ that is supposedly ‘bourgeois’ and has nothing to say about class or other axes of oppression. Or they just ignore it. To me that’s quite straightforward. Obviously it would be difficult, given their egalitarian commitments, to openly defend a gendered hierarchy; but their defensiveness about this issue suggests they associate a challenge to patriarchy with some sort of ‘loss’ for themselves. The question is, what do they have to lose?||”|
Umbrella term (or blanket term) refers to a word or phrase that denotes a superordinate semantic category, which by definition encompasses or refers to other subordinate meanings and concepts. For example, the concept bird contains within it diverse birds, e.g., robin, crow, ostrich, and penguin as subordinate concepts; but also common features such as wing, fly, feather, beak.
An umbrella term can be problematic, as well as useful. It can enforce hierarchy and oppression, as well as promote collectivism, cohesion and solidarity. Umbrella terms, or to use their neuropsychological and cognitive scientific name: superordinate labels, are an inevitable part of human cognition. Brains function by abstracting and generalising over experiences, so they cluster life events into categories and then apply linguistic labels over such categories. This further enforces (the perception of) similarity within a category, while also further enforcing (the perception of) difference between categories.