I've just been aimlessly wandering around Facebook, you know, checking out what everyone's up to, reading inspirational quotes and looking at cute photos. And then I see it. Again.
The word "retard".
Seriously, what year do we live in? I could almost understand if we were still in 1485....
But we're not. It's 2013, and this word has been well and truly outed as a derogatory term used to call people who have disabilities. The fact that it is still used so widely to put people down, make fun of others AND give shit to people with disabilities makes me really cross. Yes, I'm cross!
Now, I'm not perfect. I think we've established that over the years. However, I am a grown up. I have grown up to realise that such derogatory terms should not be used. That with growing up, you learn to use your vocabulary. Broaden your knowledge and all that. Apparently this does not happen to everyone?
Maybe I'm a little bit precious about this? Maybe because I've spent the past 16 years of my life working with people who just happen to be living with intellectual disabilities, I'm a little bit touchy on the subject of derogatory labels? Maybe. Or maybe it is just because I'm a human being with empathy. And common sense.
For God's sake people - start using your brain before you post something on a social media site that could potentially upset or offend your friends. Think about the fact that you may very well have friends or family who actually have family members living with some type of disability. And think about how you would feel if you child, sibling or someone you love was being called a "retard".
And yes, I am writing this very hasty and annoyance fuelled blog post because if I didn't, I would be blurting this all out on Facebook, possibly offending others who actually like to call people retards. How is that right?
Ok. Stepping down off my soap box. For now.
Do you have any words or labels that really offend your sensibilities? Share.
** Disclaimer - I am not saying I don't use labels for people - I use the words Dickhead, Idiot, F*ckwit etc quite often..... But it's generally very warranted!