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Comment author: xccf 27 October 2017 04:22:14AM 5 points [-]

I found this comment frustrating because I see it making the mistake described here:

...I think that if you identify with or against some group (e.g. 'anti-SJWs'), then anything that people say that pattern matches to something that this group would say triggers a reflexive negative reaction. This manifests in various ways: you're inclined to attribute way more to the person's statements than what they're actually saying or you set an overly demanding bar for them to "prove" that what they're saying is correct. And I think all of that is pretty bad for discourse.

I.e. "rounding to the nearest outgroup" instead of trying to understand what Kelly in particular is trying to communicate.

Anyway, I wrote a long reply here where I took a first stab at differentiating between "SJWs" vs "diversity advocates I can get behind".