This came up on a Spider-man board, and I thought it would make a good discussion here.
What are people's thoughts on this term? I think it's become fashionable to write off any attempt towards political correctness with a SJW label. I think it's become dismissive and mocking, and personally I hate it.
I recognize that there are people who can go to far in their pursuit of political correctness, and those people are probably rightly deserving of mockery. But by and large, I think political correctness exists to show empathy for people who aren't like you, and I think that's a good thing.
At its worst, I think the SJW label is used to justify prejudices and racism. I would like this term to disappear entirely.
Plenty of douches on both sides.
Some are racists, etc. who don't like being told that their thinking is racist, etc. They should be called out as such.
Others are on a power trip trying to tell people what is the "right" way to think, feel, or act about certain subjects. These douches see themselves as the sole arbiter on the subject and should rightly be insulted. The term SJW is appropriate if not understated.