Some time-saving tips for internet discussions

There are many catchphrases and slang words that one hears on the internet and in the wider use outside the internet.  Some of these slang words are creative and lead to improved communication.

These words listed below are used by many to marginalize the concerns of other (even if that isn’t the intention of all users of these terms).

Of course, there are times when a person quotes others using one of these marginalizing words to illustrate what another is saying and to respond to their arguments (I’m not criticizing that type of usage here).

Feminazi — If you use the word “feminazi” as a dismissive way to label your opponents in a discussion about gender, sexism, and feminism, it’s very reasonable to assume that you’re not engaging in the argument as an honest debater.

Homosexual or Gay Agenda — If you use the phrase “homosexual agenda” or “gay agenda“as a dismissive way to describe your opponent’s views in a discussion about sexual orientation, it’s very reasonable to assume that you’re not engaging in the argument as an honest debater.

Social Justice Warrior or SJW — If you use the phrase “social justice warrior“or “SJW” as a dismissive way to label your opponents in a discussion about oppression (including non-personal systemic oppression) and intersectionality, it’s very reasonable to assume that you’re not engaging in the argument as an honest debater.

The “tl;dr” version — if you want your arguments taken seriously, don’t use terms that your opponents view as name-calling.

And now we can return to our interactions on the internet.

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