Stop Words

That is, “when you hear these words, you know it’s safe to stop taking someone seriously”. In no particular order:

  • Cis
  • Male Gaze
  • Intersectional
  • Misgendering
  • (qualifier) Justice
  • Gender Binary
  • Cultural Appropriation
  • Woke
  • Mansplaining
  • Misogyny
  • Heteropatriarchy
  • Diversity
  • Rape Culture
  • Zionist
  • Manspreading
  • (whatever) Is A Social Construct
  • Whitewashing
  • Triggering
  • (made-up personal pronoun)
  • Privilege
  • (whatever) Denier
  • Disparate Impact
  • Heteronormative
  • Patriarchy
  • Fascist
  • Structural (whatever)
  • Homophobia
  • Inclusive
  • Gender Identity
  • Nazi
  • Transphobia

What did I leave out?

(note that it is possible to use some of these words and phrases in a way that is not meaningless blather, but that’s not the way to bet)


  • Sustainable
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Fair Trade
  • GMO-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • (insert latest virtue-signaling buzzword here)
  • Agency
  • Problematic
  • No True Scotsman (fallacy most often committed by people who are accusing others of committing it…)
  • Ally
  • (whatever) Traitor
  • Toxic (whatever)
  • Voting Against Their Interests (which always means “voting against my interests”)
  • The Right/Wrong Side Of History

How could I have forgotten?!?

  • Dogwhistle

…and from the reliably-fucked-up virtue-signalers at boingboing

  • Heterosexism
  • Chauvinist

(linking to an article on an “SF” site that must come with a built-in fainting couch; seriously, the brief excerpt starts with this hilariously nonsensical statement: “the heterosexism goggles, which derange content via chauvinist interpretive paradigms”)

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