Normal People have Social Privilege?

extrovertI can’t tell you how sick and tired I get of social justice warriors whining about problems that aren’t even problems. This time out, we have Everyday Feminism contributor named James St. James writing a 1,700 word article on how awful it is that extroverts have social privilege and we all ought to work to protect the introvert because the world just isn’t fair.  Instead, we ought to stop people who are engaged in successful life strategies because it makes the people engaged in less successful strategies feel bad.

To this end, St. James came up with six examples of extrovert social privilege that all of the whiny liberal social justice assholes ought to drag out their torches and pitchforks for and roam the streets seeking bloody vengeance for people who, as you’ll see, just aren’t brave enough to seek for themselves.  Yes, it’s more compensation for the people who haven’t actually earned anything.  What a bunch of wankers.

1. Not having to “forsake your basic needs” like food and going to the bathroom because your roommate has company over and “when [your] daily person quota has been filled, hunger is the lesser of two evils.”

Let’s be really honest here, what St. James describes here isn’t an introvert, which is someone defined as “shy”, or “a person characterized by concern primarily with his or her own thoughts and feelings”.  No, what St. James is describing here is someone with serious psychological problems, often called a Hypersensitive Narcissist.  You’re talking about people who are terrified of social situations, who are socially phobic or fall into the social anxiety spectrum.  These are people who need professional psychiatric help.  They are people who are incapable of living in the real world.  These are people who are severely screwed up.  If you feel trapped in a room because there are other living, breathing people in the house, you are not socially underprivileged, you are psychologically damaged.

2. Not having to leave a store empty-handed because you can’t find what you need after looking for several hours and are too afraid to ask an employee.

All of these examples show how messed up St. James’ ideology really is.  Social phobias appear in the DSM-V.  Yes, I am sure that it is very troubling to be terrified to ask someone for help.  However, that is the responsibility of the person with the problem.  As described in a lot of these examples, these “introverts” are actually totally socially maladjusted.

3. Not “risking bodily harm” because you walk so fast in order to get away from the crowd and close your eyes every time you turn a corner and so are “pretty much guaranteed to smack into somebody.”

Seriously, if you have to go around with your eyes closed for fear of seeing another human being, you are the problem. Oh, I know, idiots like St. James will claim I’m victim blaming, but the people who would rather pretend they’re just fine and dandy instead of seeking professional help are getting what they deserve.  It’s like saying that we can’t blame smokers for  getting lung cancer, after all, they’re the victims here.  It’s just idiotic.

4. Being able to find a job more easily, and if you think it’s just because you’re a “great worker, and all that,” St. James clarifies that that’s just because “extroverts don’t seem to understand the amount of privilege actually helping them,” like being able to socialize.

Oh yes, it’s so unfair being able to actually perform the work instead of hiding under the desk!  There is an unfortunate reality that people have to deal with whether they like it or not.  Screaming “it’s not fair!” doesn’t solve any problems.

5. Being able to make friends more easily because you talk to people.

It is rather hard to make friends if you refuse to engage with other human beings.  Whose fault is it if you refuse to do so?

6. Not having to be as tired as introverts are all the time because having to be around other people (something that St. James refers to as “daily socialization demands”  and “human chores”) leaves you “ready to collapse.”

Oh yes, we should feel so sorry for people who are tired all the time because they cannot be a part of the social human species. Or should we accept that there is a certain way that people are expected to interact and if you fall outside of that norm, you need to seek out help in order to correct your mental issues.

These people are not introverts, they are socially handicapped.  They can be helped, of course, but it’s part of the radical liberal social stupidity that nobody ought to ever need help, everyone ought to be accepted as they are and enabled to be equally successful with those who have no such issues.  That actually stops people from getting the help they desperately need so they can stop living in the shadows of their neuroses and live a decent, worthwhile life.

But those social justice assholes couldn’t care less about that, could they?

2 thoughts on “Normal People have Social Privilege?”

  1. "It is rather hard to make friends if you refuse to engage with other human beings. Whose fault is it if you refuse to do so?"

    What about mental illness do you not understand? A person who has such social anxiety problems is not making a choice to refuse to engage with other people. They are literally incapable of doing so without sufferning some psychological trauma or discomfort. What is wrong with extending a little compassion to people afflicted with psychological disorders that make social circumstances which you and I navigate without a thought full of mental anguish for the afflicted.

  2. Nowhere in the article does the author demand that extroverts change their ways and make special accommodations for introverts. The author does not demand that you become more considerate of the behavioral traits of introverts. If you want to continue to be an extrovert that wants to be unaware of the difficulties faced by introverts, then by all means continue on as you apparently have been. Nothing in the article says you have to be less of an asshole than you currently are. The purpose of the article was to inform. How you choose to act on that information is still entirely up to you.

    The author did not present himself as a social justice warrior in this piece. The author did not, as you implied, demand compensation of any kind for introverted persons. Your rant is a whole lot of psychological projection of your own prejudices.

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