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How it all started
One day, a few of our very own users were fed-up with how RationalWiki does not focus enough on "social justice" issues. We do cover social justice issues quite extensively, as indicated in the articles in Category:Social justice. Here is a statement from one of the future SJWikians from June 1, 2014:
“”Come on, if you’re editing something called RationalWiki, or more broadly engage with the “rationalist” and “skeptical” movements, it’s because you self declare yourself to be a “rationalist” or a “skeptic”. That can mean whatever the hell you want it to mean, but if it’s not going to be about making the world a better place then what is your fucking point of existing?
If you want to throw off the shackles of doctrine, dogma and religion, then why do so just so you can become more of an asshole?
So yes, I want to make the world a less toxic place for people who have been sidelined in the past. I’m not always successful, I’m not perfect, but that’s my aim, and I listen to the kind of people who might be able to guide me towards that intention. What the hell is wrong with that? These “gender issues” still impact on the world very much, and are areas where we – as the self-appointed intellectual superiors of the planet, it seems – can actually make a real difference.
- Their article on TERFs (and this one has actually been
copied and pasted into our TERF articlecited by us). They also hold a pro-transgender stance (and in fact, quite a few of their sysops are trans themselves).
- SJWiki holds a pro-feminist stance.
- Furthermore, they are also quite anti-GamerGate.
Almost no articles
SJWiki has very few articles, with the wiki littered with red links probably remaining to be filled for quite some time. According to their FAQ, articles are not meant to be edited by anyone in the general public:
Who can edit the wiki?
Anybody can apply to join us. We evaluate every application on a case-by-case basis. We withhold the right to deny anybody access to editing our wiki and/or having an account. This is because writing about social justice issues on SJWiki is not an activity that we offer to any member of the public. In the same way that a blog does not offer editing rights to its readers, we do not offer editing rights to all people who apply. This being said, we are using wiki software because it facilitates working together to write about and research topics over time and collaboratively. A blogging platform, while perhaps similar, would not have allowed us to easily edit articles communally nor to keep articles easily updated as things change. Social justice is about constantly adapting to new situations, learning, and supporting intersectional movements, as well as explain the history of how such things may have arisen.
- Just look at all those red-links!