posted on Nov, 20 2009 @ 09:06 PM
Okay so, let me start this by saying I am a disabled American woman, I am twenty-one-years-old, and am in my fourth year of college.
As far as using certain words in order to not come across as offensive, I agree with the thread starter to a point. See, I don't like being called a
cripple because I wear a leg brace, but over the years I have come to learn that people are sometimes ignorant, and the odds of them coming out of
that ignorance are often rare unless something detrimental happens to them. In regards to what they call me, well...
Words are just that, words. They only have power insofar as the power and therefore ability we give them to harm us. For example, do I get my feelings
hurt because the United States Government has deemed me disabled? No. Big deal, I can't join the Army, would I have if I wasn't disabled? Perhaps.
Granted, I don't really know since my life didn't pan out that way; however, these terms of which you speak are in a sense archaic, and thusly make
them even more offensive from a sociological standpoint which is one of the things that makes them so offensive now.
Now, is this taking away the thread starter's freedom of speech? No, not exactly. You could call me a crippled cracker bitch all you want, but are
you going to have many friends if you talk like that regularly, or even once? Probably not.
There's a point in your life where you learn to break away from these stereotypes, these meaningless things that society has placed on certain
individuals, and until those of us, disabled, a minority or otherwise, can see that, we are bound to have a problem. Because it's when you begin to
accept these titles that you truly become the thing you seek to eradicate.
[edit on 20-11-2009 by Stellar Divinity]