I've been a social justice advocate creating resources for gender, sexuality, and social justice for about a decade now. For the past two years, I've been having a public conversation about what I've been calling "Social Justice Dogma."
Over those two years, I've written articles, attempted a podcast, and created an online course all trying to start a conversation about this thing everyone seems to be noticing, but we're all (reasonably) afraid to talk about. The elephant in every socially just room.
A book feels like the perfect way to move this conversation forward.
People immediately connect SJD to things like "cancel culture," "ideological purity," and "identity politics." SJD is a bigger idea, something more encompassing, within which those ideas might thrive.
When I published my first essay on the idea back in 2017, I wrote this definition, and it's held up well as the conversation has evolved:
The social justice dogma is the set of beliefs, stances, and acceptable actions laid down by the authorities within the social justice movement that we hold as incontrovertibly true.
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