Ok – I said that I was starting gently……well here’s my second post…
I’m getting this out of the way early on. I didn’t realise when Evie was born, how I would find certain words offensive. This isn’t easy to post but here goes….
And any other such vile words
(Excuse me whilst I vomit 😷 – anyone have a bucket?)
I’ve seen and heard them used by so many people on social media and in life. And no joke, seeing and hearing them makes my blood run cold. I feel physically sick. I get a rush of blood in my ears. I have actually cried when I have seen and heard people say these words. I’ve also gotten into arguments on social media because of them (I know it’s a shock, I argue!). And will no doubt continue to do so. Why do I feel like that? Well it’s like this….
Do you know if you say any of those words to derogate someone then you are taking the p*ss out of Evie and people like her?
By saying someone is a ‘bit special’ then that means that you are saying that they go to special school or have special needs – like Evie. That’s bad then is it – to go to special school? Evie is funny to laugh at, is she? She’s worth less than you? (tiger mum on the prowl)
I could give you whole history behind the use of the words. The thing is I don’t need to. We ALL know that these words are wrong. You see swearing doesn’t hurt anyone, you may not like the words ‘fuck’, ‘twat’ or ‘cunt’ (my personal pet hate) but they don’t hurt individuals. The difference is that these words hurt, mock and belittle people with disabilities.
Do me a favour – think about it. I’m not being “over sensitive“. People say that to assuage their own guilt, to excuse their use of derogatory words. It really isn’t acceptable. How would you like it if this was your daughter? If you see it or hear it, have a word. if you use it, please don’t. If we don’t stand together, it’ll never change. We don’t sexually or racially discriminate so why should disability discrimination be any different?