Obligatory Awkward Introduction

If there were a Venn diagram with Social Justice Activism, Ethical Capitalism and Science & Rationality, the central overlap would contain The Social Justice League. We are a group of geeky, sex-positive and fat-positive feminists who hate the kyriarchy and like the sound of our own voices. This blog is a place for us to put our thoughts on issues related to our own marginalisation, our own privilege, and our thoughts on how social justice interacts with science, skepticism, geekdom and popular culture.

Although we are of different races, sexual orientations, body sizes, and degrees of mental and physical health, we do share some common traits that could lead to common biases. We are all cisgendered women. We have all either completed or are currently completing tertiary education at a large Australian university. We are all at this time broadly part of the “middle class”.

Although we consider our ignorance our own responsibility, we are likely to occasionally fuck it up, and we would love to be called out if we are displaying privilege or ignorance. We promise that if you call us out on some unexamined privilege, we will take it seriously and treat you with respect.  We are actively seeking to get informed about our privilege and our unexamined prejudices.

You can assume that we agree on the fundamentals, but we’re also individuals who will sometimes have differing opinions or perspectives on a topic. Therefore, each author’s view is wholly their own. We approve of member posts as a group, but approval is rooted in constructive discussion; it does not mean we all necessarily hold that same view.

We really hope other people will want to discuss the issues we raise. We have some suggestions for how to make that run smoothly for everyone:

First, we don’t use the word “crazy” in our posts, and we ask that you avoid using it in our comments, because crazy is an ableist word. We also don’t use the words “retarded“, “gay” or “lame” to mean bad, and we ask that you avoid using them in the comments too.

Second, we will delete comments containing sentiments that harm a marginalised community without providing a constructive or original contribution to the discussion. Free speech is something you demand from your government, not from us.

Author: Rachael

Rachael is a queer, nerdy, aneurotypical, white cisfemale with a bachelor's degree in economics and a give 'em hell attitude. She has a culturally unacceptable amount of body fat but sometimes "passes", and she accesses some forms of thin privilege but not others. She believes in leveraging the privilege one has in order to smash the kyriarchy. She is a big geek, an atheist, a skeptic, and a fan of science. In her spare time she enjoys meditation, going to therapy, and shouting.

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