This is a repost of an linkspam I created in 2015. So naturally, all the links come from 2015 or earlier. I’ve removed a few broken links, and added some contextualizing commentary at the bottom.
One of the most common complaints by social justice activists about social justice activism is that there’s a lot of toxicity. Whenever an activist makes a misstep, other activists will “call out” that person, sometimes directing a disproportionate amount of anger and abuse at them. This pattern is often (but not always) referred to as “call-out culture”.
For a while, I’ve been collecting a lot of articles and blog posts which critique call-out culture from an internal view point. My main motivation is that I would like to write about the topic myself, and I’d like my ideas to be responsive to what has already been said.
- Lisa Harney, Questioning Transphobia: The Culture of Internet Callouts (August 2010)
- ourcatastrophe: On “call-out culture” and why I’m not into it (July 2011)
- Flavia Dzodan, Tiger Beatdown: Come one, come all! Feminism and Social Justice blogging as performance and bloodshed (October 2011)
- Aoife, Consider the Tea Cosy: Callout culture, tone trolling and being the perfect ally (October 2012)
- Ngọc Loan Trần, Black Girl Dangerous: Calling IN: A Less Disposable Way of Holding Each Other Accountable (December 2013)
- Verónica Bayetti Flores, Feministing: On cynicism, calling out, and creating movements that don’t leave our movement behind (December 2013)
- Zoyə Street, Medium: A more peaceful 2014: Addressing peer hostility (January 2014)
- Mattie Brice: On Civility (January 2014)
- Katherine Cross, Nuclear Unicorn: Words, Words, Words: On Toxicity and Abuse in Online Activism and Beyond Niceness: Further Thoughts on Rage (January 2014)
- Katherine Cross, Nuclear Unicorn: The Chapel Perilous: On the Quiet Narratives in the Shadows (February 2014)
- Queenie, The Asexual Agenda: Justice, anger, and the demand for perfection: why tumblr’s blogging culture isn’t making for safe spaces (March 2014)
- Ozy Frantz, Thing of Things, Certain Propositions Concerning Callout Culture (December 2014)
- Noah Berlatsky, Ravishly: How To Make The Queer And Feminism Movements More Inclusive: Activist Julia Serano Speaks Out (February 2015)
- Asam Ahmad, Briar Patch Magazine: A Note on Call-Out Culture (March 2015)
- Katherine Cross, Feministing: So you’ve been publicly scapegoated: Why we must speak out on call-out culture and Words for Cutting: Why we need to stop abusing “the tone argument” (April 2015)
- Stephanie Zvan, Almost Diamonds: Abuse and Power in Activism (August 2015)
This linkspam will not be updated, but you are welcome to suggest more links in the comments.
Comment on 2017: While there are many more recent articles on callout culture, I have not been keeping track of them since creating this linkspam. However, my presumption is that the old links still give a good overview, and that most of what is currently said isn’t new. At the time that I created this linkspam, I wanted to write more on this subject, but ended up not doing so. Maybe I will write about it in the near future.