|feminist circles to address race-related grievances within the feminist movement, the term has been used online to mock those who seek approval or praise for being more disadvantaged than others.
In 1993, the phrase "oppression olympics" was coined by feminist author and activist Elizabeth "Betita" Martínez[wp] to challenge the idea of the "hierarchy of oppressions" when addressing inequalities faced by minorities.
On April 29th, 2008, Urban Dictionary user Allison Amy submitted an entry for "Oppression Olympics." On May 6th, the race and pop culture website Racialicious published an article titled "Re-Examining the Phrase 'Oppression Olympics'", which discussed usage of the term among minority groups. On January 28th, 2010, an entry for "Oppression Olympics" was submitted the the Geek Feminism Wiki. On January 7th, 2013, Redditor 2129096947 submitted an oppression olympics infographic to the /r/TumblrInAction subreddit (shown below).
On July 21st, 2014, YouTuber Shoe0nHead uploaded a video titled "Oppression_olympics.mp4," in which she mocked third-wave feminist grievances expressed on Tumblr for being unwarranted in Western countries (shown below). Within three months, the video gained over 200,000 views and 5,100 comments.
On August 23rd, 2014, Kotaku published an article in the "Talk Amongst Yourselves" section of the video game blog titled "Gaming Media and the Oppression Olympics," which criticized contemporary feminists, so-called "social justice warriors" and video game news sites. On September 25th, Gawker published an article titled "The Privilege Tournament," which invited readers to cast their votes for who would be considered the most privileged group. A tumblr page was created to list occurences of Oppression Olympics arguments taking places on tumblr. On September 26th, the philosophy blog Critical Theory published post mocking the Gawker article for being an example of the oppression olympics.
CriticismThe term came under scrutiny by feminists online for the fallacy of relative privation it relates to. The Geek Feminism's definition of it also highlights how it can be used to derail a discussion from its original course, or to silence a debate. A November 4th, 2012 blog post from Everyday Feminism quoted it to support the idea that Oppression Olympics as an argumentative tool shouldn't be used at all when discussing oppression and inequalities. This idea was picked by other bloggers. A February 2014 Group Think article from the Jezebel website mocked the term as an argument, emphasizing on its derailing nature.
- KnowYourMeme: Oppression Olympics
- Google: oppression olympics
- Urban Dictionary: Oppression Olympics
- Racialicious: Re-Examining the Phrase "Oppression Olympics"
- Wikia - Geek Feminism Wiki: Oppression Olympics
- Reddit: Oppression Olympic Infographic
- oppression_olympics.mp4 - Shoe0nHead (21 jul. 2014) (Size: 7:12 min.)
- Kotaku: Gaming Media and the Oppression Olympics
- Gawker: The Privilege Tournament
- Tumblr: Oppression Olympics, Go for the GOLD!
- critical-theroy.com: Gawker is Literally Hosting the Oppression Olympics
- Wikipedia: Fallacy of relative privation[wp]
- everydayfeminism: Oppression Olympics: The Games We Shouldn't Be Playing
- egrollman.com: Racism vs. Homophobia: Why No One Wins the Oppression Olympics
- thesociologicalcinema.com: Oppression Olympics: A Losing Game for All
- Jezebel: How to Compete in the Oppression Olympics (and Win)
-  culturalstudies.ucsc.edu - Coalition Building Among People of Color / 12/7/1998
-  Urban Dictionary - Oppression Olympics
-  Racialicious - Re-Examining the Phrase "Oppression Olympics"
-  wikia - Oppression Olympics
-  egrollman.com - Racism vs. Homophobia: Why No One Wins the Oppression Olympics
-  thesociologicalcinema.com - Oppression Olympics: A Losing Game for All
-  everydayfeminism - Oppression Olympics: The Games We Shouldn't Be Playing
-  Kotaku - Gaming Media and the Oppression Olympics
-  Reddit - MARCH MADNESS: OPPRESSION OLYMPICS BRACKET - INTERNATIONAL SURVEY-TAKING EVENT
-  critical-theroy.com - Gawker is Literally Hosting the Oppression Olympics
-  Gawker - The Privilege Tournament
-  Reddit - Oppression Olympic Infographic
-  Google - oppression olympics
-  Wikipedia - Fallacy of relative privation
-  Tumblr - Oppression Olympics, Go for the GOLD!
-  Jezebel - How to Compete in the Oppression Olympics [and Win]
Competing in the Oppression Olympics attaches something like a moral dimension to oppression, in which the most oppressed are worthier.
People who participate in Oppression Olympics tend to ignore the fact that it's possible for multiple groups to be oppressed, and necessary to address all those problems, without choosing a single group to get all the anti-oppression activism. Oppression Olympics also tends to ignore Intersectionality, except where the existence of multiple degrees of oppression can help an individual participant "win".
Beginning a round of Oppression Olympics is generally seen as Derailment or even as a Silencing tactic, as it attempts to prevent or deflect discussion of one kind of oppression by denying its legitimacy or existence, downplaying its importance, or simply switching the focus to another.
RelatedWhen used in arenas other than oppression, this is sometimes called the "Pain Olympics". See Baby Loss and the Pain Olympics about a similar dynamic in which parents who have had miscarriages are declared to be in less pain than parents who have had children die.
- Wikia - Geek Feminism Wiki: Oppression Olympics
- Atheists, Privilege, and Visibility: Who's Passing in America?, Balancing Jane on March 14, 2013
- In The Oppression Olympics, No One Wins, The Automatik on March 26, 2008
- The Special White Woman Awards, Bint Alshamsa on March 5, 2007
|This article based on an article Oppression Olympics from KnowYourMeme.|
|This article based on an article Oppression Olympics from Wikia - Geek Feminism Wiki.|