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Casual Ableist Language [CC]

Hello, hello! It’s #LetsTalkTuesday so let’s
talk about casually ableist language. Ableism, specifically casual ableism is widely
accepted in our society, particularly when it comes to our language. No wonder most people
don’t care about access and equality for people with disabilities, if our everyday language
perpetuates the idea that they are lesser. Ableism is constantly used to insult others
or describe something as negative, and often times, people don’t even realize where these
words are coming from, what these words mean. So warning, I’m about to possibly throw out
some slurs and otherwise really offensive terms for people with disabilities for sake
of example. First there’s using disabilities as insults.
Remember those campaigns to stop saying “That’s so gay.” because… why are you using
homosexuality to express something negative? Okay, so in that same breath of campaigns
creating awareness of harmful language, like the use of the r- word, we should’ve
included the word “lame”. Do you know what “lame” means? It means someone who can’t walk
or walks with pain and/or difficulty. Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! After learning the word’s true definition… …go ahead! Look it up for yourself,
I promise you, that’s what the dictionary will say… …and I certainly no longer feel comfortable
using it in that way. It’s very clear that people KNEW what it meant and they started
using it to describe things in a negative way. Now things like the word “lame” are… for
the most part very unintentional, a lot of people do not know what that word means or
where it comes from, but then another common thing is how people literally use disability
in order to insult or condescend to someone: “What are you blind?!”, “Uh! Are you deaf?!”,
“What is WRONG with you? “Are you mentally ill?! “You need help, you seriously need help!”,
“Nut job!”. “Psycho!”. “How can you be so stupid?” What if we are actually blind or visually impaired,
what if we are actually deaf or Hard of Hearing? What if we actually do struggle with
mental illness or mental disability? When one asks such things in this context, when you
use this as a way to condescend or insult, you are doing it with implications that a disability
makes you less than. Then there’s using disability and
mental/chronic illness as an expression “Yeah, I’m super OCD about my books”, “OH MY GOD WHY THE F–?! I’m sorry, I can get so bipolar sometimes”, “You are so ADD”, “Even a blind man can
see…”, “Diabetes!” Appropriating language from sick and disabled communities is harmful. Saying things like that diminishes
what those words really mean, and it makes it harder
for people who actually deal with these disorders and illnesses to openly discuss them and be
taken seriously. Not only that, but these metaphors and references are extremely ignorant! Like, not even close to what those terms actually mean! Let’s use for example the misuse of the word
“trigger” and so now its being made fun of, it’s taken less seriously, but
triggers are a real thing! And if you’re not a terrible person,
you should probably respect that it happens and do small things that
you can do to be considerate. People with PTSD
or and other mental illnesses know very well that moving through the world is hard, that
things come without warning, but if we can make things just a little bit safer by warning
someone of content ahead, then why not? Ultimately, my point is, we need to constantly
examine our actions, our language, our ableism if we want to evolve in that respect. Ultimately,
these terms are taken less seriously as a result of appropriation and misuse, and
it’s a real shame that the things that can be so stigmatized and difficult to talk about
in the first place, are that much more difficult to talk about because people chose to do so. So as usual I love for #LetsTalkTuesday to
start a conversation in the comments, so please share with me your experiences and I will
you eventually. Bye! [OUTRO MUSIC]

100 Replies to “Casual Ableist Language [CC]”

  • I have autism and I would always be called retarded and an aspie by my sibling and it would always put me down

  • I get the question of are you deaf but what most people don't know i had a burst ear drum as a child that left me mostly deaf in my left ear, it took two operations for it to fix and i still have trouble hearing things like if theres a background noise like a car and someone speaks i cant hear them because of my slight hearing problem, its not as bad as what it used to be but it can be hurtful sometimes because i thought my hearing was better but it still seems to be bad

  • I can easily be defined by 90% of these ones you are trying to talk people into saying it used wrong. I need a cane to walk without it i will face plant in 5 minutes. I will date and/or have sex with anyone of any race or gender. Technically I am counted as non-binary. I have adhd I randomly lose touch what what is real and is not forgetting everything. I have an illness that will painfully and slowly kill me one day. I have more stuff wrong with me then you can guess. I have 3 holes inside my heart from getting shot my leg will give out even with my cane because someone knifed me in the calf. My arm can't go up all the way because I have been impaled. 6 times. I can go on but we will be here all day and I do not want you to think this is only rage and hate but my point is I have no problems with people making fun of me for them or using these terms "wrong." Really go on think of the worst thing you can say to me and I will find it funny and even play along. No joke Dan a weak ago said "Oh what is it now you limp little shit? I all ready patched the holes so there is no glory for you in any bathroom." So I said in a super flamboyant voice "Oh I can find glory anywhere. And I don't need no cane to have someone big and strong holding me down." And I give back. The other day I said to him "Hey honey bear the gay bar called me and said you left the numbers of 10 guys there."And he is not gay. If you don't let it hurt you then any stigma that comes with it goes away. I feel like a person because my friends give me the same shit they do each other. Samantha said to Dan "Hey ass face. You turn gay yet or are you going to start saying she to Rob before you fuck her?" To witch he said. "Why don't you go fuck a tail pipe like you did that soda can on your dad's bed you inbred dime store hooker." To witch she said "Hey at least I still get some and don't jack off trying to convince myself I don't want to fuck her." We have fun mocking each other. But hay this is just a friendly look into your ol pal Rob's thoughts.

  • I need to show this to ableist people around me because you explain it perfectly, since they always put up a fight when I call them out on it. A few months back I stopped the usage of ableist language and it's not that hard as long as you put in the effort!!

  • Nope, never been bothered by casual ableism like this, even the ones that apply to me – and the people who are in the disabled community tend to get on my nerves anyway for taking everything way too seriously. Language evolves, if you know the meaning that's intended and isn't meant to be offensive then don't get offended…there are bigger things to worry about.

  • Can you please do a video/reaction on transablism. I don't know if is a real mental disorder but it basically people feeling like traitors in abled bodies and cutting off limbs to be disabled. I have cerebral palsy and use a wheelchair,I think if people really knew the pain and frustration that comes with being a wheelchair user they would have second thoughts about 'transablism' and not only that but I think it will negatively affect disabled people (people who were born or developed a disabled or have lost a limb due to circumstances that they had no control over ). Also they have no idea the procedures disabled people have to go through, like when I was 8 years old my feet turned in so badly that if I left it any longer they would of been practically backward so I had an operation where they break your hips, reposition your legs and screw metal into your hips until they heal. I have had other operations but 4 years later the affects of that procedure are slowly wearing off. All that hard work to learn how to walk again and all that physio for nothing. And I don't think people take into consideration the pain that causes. I am not saying it isn't a real mental illness/disorder but I do believe some people are faking it just to get attention.

  • I'm still kinda blind as to what this ableism thing is all about. Then again, I am blind, so… The fact is that we do live in a world where the majority of people are "able bodied," such a weird term to me. It's up to us to adapt and live with our disabilities. True, we should make people aware of our access needs, simply because they don't have to think about some of the things we go through. When it comes to policing something as simple as the words they use though, that's where things go overboard. I work in retail, and incorporate my blindness into as many interactions with customers as I can. They all seem to appreciate a good blind joke, and they don't think any less of me. I provide the same level of service as my sighted coworkers. That's probably why Apple hired me.

  • I feel the worst part of ableists is when they actually turn tables on you. Like no offense, why do I have to deal with ignorant people who can come up and ask me what's wrong with my neck (I have kepple-feil, a spine disorder that makes my neck really short), but I can't be like, why do you have a open mouth. Jk, but it's not fair that you have to look disabled to be called disabled; I mean people would hate themselves if they saw themselves through my eyes. And I'm sorry, able people are lazy as hell. I got into college before my senior year while they are fooling around and get handed anything. I mean, for example, are they going to hire a blonde female or a wheelchair bound girl at Walmart? We all know that answer.

  • With regards to lame, I am one who says you can't define a current definition of a word by what it used to mean if no one commonly knows it to mean that. Because it doesn't mean that any more. It's like suggesting people should stop using the word bad because at one point in history it meant "effeminate man" but no one knows it to mean that anymore. Also ableism sucks and I deal with it every day due to my limited mobility and people saying things like "oh it's only this far…." because I can't walk easily due to chronic and persistent back and joint pain. It is also frustrating to have people associate my problem with my weight as though I'm fat and therefor to blame for the reason I'm in pain every day. UUGGHHH

  • Jeez there are so many horrible comments here. It really irritates me to see that people don't take this stuff more seriously or even bother to understand. Ignorant people just see our disabilities or illnesses as a joke and make fun of it, and then tell us to get over it like we're the problem in the first place.

  • Eh, there's a huge flaw in your argument, because most of the time, being disabled IS a negative thing since it makes life harder. So why wouldn't you use it in a negative way when it is negative? Also, most of us can hold two thoughts in our head at the same time; we can recognize that a person with a disability isn't "less than" us but at the same time admit the disability itself is a negative thing.

  • just watched through the video and I'll disagree with you on many things, yes people don't really understand disabilities to this very day but i don't think we need to call anything ableist as words are words, yes many are offensive to others but you sound like most disabled people have this mind set about ableism when many don't and just get on with our lives.

    Instead of telling people what they can and can't say, you need to make people informed about many conditions and remove the stigmatism many of us do face and help give us the opportunities of a relative normal life many people with non conditions have. go talk to disabled people and understand them not just label ableism to anything used in a rude manor, it's about informing and actually putting the effort in to help us.

    But the word trigger was ruined because of many people like you over using the word and watering the definition down.

  • I am very concerned about being ableist or being exposed to ableist literature or movies etc/ DO you have any advice as to how I might make safe choices when I am picking a book to read or a movie to watch? I have started pinching myself every time I use the words blind or deaf in a non sensitive, non practical context. The other day, it was really sunny and my friend asked me to close the "blinds" – I had to explain to her how she was cheapening a very serious and real human experience. Luckily she got it straight away so we were able to put it behind us and move on, but I am finding it quite difficult, especially when it comes to confronting people about their misuse of language. I feel I need to cleanse myself of this first before I speak to others- as jesus said "first remove the plank from your own eye, before you try to remove the splinter from your brothers (I know, Jesus was sexist too), That's why I am finding this so difficult. Are there any modern novels written by woke people you could recommend so I could get a breather and some space from the unfortunately seemingly endless canon of books written by privileged white male bigots? Ideally something with no references to sexism, racism or ableist cause they are they three i am focusing on at the moment? thanks 🙂

  • I knew about some of those, but not all. Thanks for making a video about it! Even though I am disabled myself, I can be ableist. So, I will watch what I say more now that I realize this.

  • Pffft not to be a total dick but I have aspergers, when someone uses autistic as a slang or slur, I exercise all of the immense cosmic powers of my mind and the world trembles as I don't give a shit. Just saying words are words, people will always say what they want regardless of anyone's opinions. You cannot change that and to try is a lot of wasted effort. Words only have the power you give them. Nobody ever said you had to be offended by something. There is always another route, it's called not giving a shit.

  • thank you for this video!!! your tone is so easy and conversational and your points are always well backed up!

    and, wow – one can always tell one has made a thoughtful and challenging point when the comments section is filled with people who are furious that youve made them consider the existence of facts they dont like to hear! (:

  • I'm sorry, but your video is idiotic. I'm sure you're a reasonably intelligent person but your mind has been filled with stupidity. Someone that has a disability is factually deficient in some area, for example, if someone is deaf, they are deficient with respect to hearing. An abled bodied person's hearing is superior to a deaf person's hearing. This doesn't mean that the deaf person isn't a valuable human being but they are inferior at hearing…that's just reality, that doesn't mean we shouldn't treat people equally even if they have a disability.

    Rather than being upset about words, you should encourage people to do something actually good like donate their time or money to helping advance science to make disabled people's lives better. Today disabilities exist, but tomorrow they might not have to…and not because we wished them away with the fairy dust of crybaby language, but rather because science may be able to fix/cure them through biology or human augmentations (robotic parts).

  • I am not in an amazing place mentally and I think I have inattentive ADHD. I knew some of these but a few I didn't know as much about so thank you. I also am an admin on an Instagram account and treat trigger warnings very seriously because I know how serious the reactions to the triggering things can be.

  • I also see no problem using "ableist" language around able people. If you're around disabled people OF COURSE don't be a dick. But if your sane coworker tells me about their day, and I say "that's crazy" there is NOTHING wrong there

  • I can't believe the able-bodied types who say: "It's all in good fun" in reference to ableist language. No, it is not. And it's hypocritical when someone who is related to a person with a disability uses such words to describe the disabled as "less than." You'd think they'd be more understanding given the circumstances. I'm the autistic one and one of my brothers still uses the r-word, assuming it's okay
    to describe someone who has no idea as such. Really don't like it, but can say nothing because I'll be labelled a "snowflake" and "precious". At least I know it's offensive. He's not ready to be called out yet.

  • I agree that some, most actually, of these words shouldnt be said, but its things like crazy or lame, that i just dont see why people are so offended. Lame, has 2 definitions, the slang version and the dictionary one. while the dictionary meaning may mean a person that cant walk normally, the slang version is used in a different context, and most people wont even think of the dictionary definition. Kind of like killer, in one meaning, it means a person that is a murderer, but in another, its actually a good thing.

  • And gay means happy have you ever heard of slang so you saying that's so gay is a bad thing is a invalid opinion in your head .

  • I've never really been bothered by casual ablest language except when it is diminishing an actual condition for a laugh (Omg you're so OCD) or being used as an insult (The R word). One I've seen a lot lately that really annoys me is "your extra chromosome is showing" as a way to call someone an oversensitive idiot (I tend to see it on political arguments/posts a lot).

  • Thank you so much for making this video <3 It had never even occurred to me some of the terms that I use loosely and without regard, but this has been kind of a wake up call for me. Thank you for educating me <3 I appreciate it beyond words <3

  • Thanks so much for this. I am blind and people asking other people if they are blind as an insult does get me down sometimes.

  • I remember seeing people say to not say St*pid because it's abelist and it took 4 years of me asking out of curiosity how it's abelist to actually get a good answer. The first person I ever asked said that there's no trigger warnings in the real world so it doesn't matter. I wish abelist language and the repercussions were more talked about in society.

  • Hi Annie… I feel a little infuriated at all the thumbs down this video received and I am sorry for that… I have totally felt the consequences of these off-the-cuff remarks we hear on a regular basis. Even just today I I tried to correct a family member's use of the term "the blind" because it is rude, inaccurate, marginalizing and a bunch of other things I don't need to explain to you! I'm wondering if you have any videos on this topic….. the topic of marginalizing language and how to create social and political change.

  • I have OCD and it makes it so hard to live normally. I can’t touch certain things, I can’t step on some stuff and I have terrible intrusive thoughts. I hate hearing “I’m so ocd about that!” When they mean that they are an organized person.

  • Thank you for this video. As a child I unknowingly used offensive words because I just heard them around school not knowing their origin or knowing that they would be offensive or hurtful to certain groups.

    once I realized that they might hurt certain groups of people I stopped using them especially because I am disabled myself and marginalized and did not like it when people would use casual phrases like “are you blind“ I even saw a commercial for a major airline A few years ago use the sarcastic line “what are you blind?“ Being that that is my disability and I am sensitive for people sarcastically asking that without a care it was extremely offensive to me because it’s as though blindness is something that is less thab/ “bad”/ disgusting and /or not desirable. Of course it was not my choice to be born born blind/visually impaired and I don’t like the sarcastic connotation that the tone implied in the commercial. It did make me feel less then and I was surprised this was the message this national airline was sending. They actually pulled the commercial very shortly after I wrote a strongly worded letter to them I don’t know if it was exactly as a result of that but perhaps it was a backlash of people who were offended as well. I try not to use words no that would hurt other people and if I notice I’m doing it then I try to stop immediately it’s not my intention to hurt others. words do hurt —they are very powerful especially in this age of the Internet.

  • After will die you’re all gonna realise that there is a special place in hell for people with multicoloured hair trying to put a warped left wing fascist worldview onto the rest of us.

  • Also no one gets that if you say something like"he's so sick, what a psychopath!" is extremely mean.
    A psychopath is someone who's suffering from antisocial personality disorder & only a very small number of these people are actually bad persons or even murderers.

  • I have arthritic knees which cause me some pain when I walk. I suppose this makes me lame. However I’m not offended by the word “lame” because I’m not mental.

  • This is definitely something to keep in mind while I talk, although I don't use words like 'Gay, depressive, (and as I've seen being used more recently) Autistic' in a negative context I have used some of the phrases you talked about; and that is definitely something worth working around because I don't know who I could offend.
    Like when I had to tell a group of people at my senior school a few years ago that I was offended that they used the word 'gimp' so much and I told them what it meant.

  • I have Central Auditory Processing Disorder and could care less about what people say because I don't live life as a victim. Yes, I have a learning disability and have faced ableism. I have a BA and an MA and the reason I hold such degrees because I never let my oppressors get to me. You are policing what people say and trying to hurt people with disabilities with your leftist bullshit. Please get help.P.S. If you want to help out people who struggle with their disabilities, maybe you should advocate school choice and speak out against the political ideology you associate with when they call conservative "Trumptards."

  • I has Asperger Syndrome with it, ADHD, ADD, Sleeping problems, etc, I have problems socializing with people in general except ones closest to me but what bothers me most is, that no matter how old I get I'm not considered smart by anyone, I can't be left alone for too long, and my family says Stop acting like a child: I wouldn't have to if YOU stopped looking and treating me like one back and forth with this, but the root of it is, they don't want to let me go and ARE scared for me
    My legit triggers
    What is WRONG with you?!
    I can handle this
    Stay out of the way
    Your overreacting, being dramatic!
    You make things worse

    😓 (Sighs) I'm alot of things but telling me I'm basically worthless by my family…is pushing it too far, I love them and they love me but they are the ones who don't choose their words carefully

  • Even a blind man can see , is actually a hyperbole , it’s not insulting or meant to be insulting. It’s figurative.

  • Totally agree with trying not to offend people dealing with disabilities mental or physical. It is confusing though, when there are so many people with disabilities who say they aren't offended or even disagree with the idea of other disabled people getting offended by these words. Such is the human condition, so many different people with things in common, but not everyone has the same experiences in life, and there are people who have suffered for so many different reasons.
    I don't see a problem with trying to change your speech or behavior though. You don't have to feel so defensive when someone calls you out. Of course(hopefully) you don't want to offend someone, so apologize and try not to repeat it. If they get mad at you for using a certain word, understand that they've probably experienced a lifetime of frustration with it and possibly some traumatic situations. Just try to do better, and don't be hard on yourself if you do mess up.

  • invisible disabilities are worse, like an impairment from TBI. there is a lot of stigma associated with it. Its harder to do everything that you would normally do and you get exhaustion so you need to rest more often. then people think you are being lazy.

  • This is a very narrow way of looking at language.
    Intend is very important when talking about slurs/insults. Up until this video, I had no idea "Lame" even meant someone who's unable to walk. That does not make me, in any way, ableist. If I were to use the term "Lame" to someone, with the INTEND of calling someone a leg impaired person; that'd be ableist since I use a disability as an insult. Just because a word is written down in a dictionary doesn't make it paramount or uneffected to change. Meanings change, I'm sure I could find some word you use nonchalantly that used to be a slur.

    While outright using minorities as an insult (Gay, autistic, retarded) is totally wrong; I don't see use in getting minor things. I believe that conversation just ticks people off to the wrong side and they will cease all language development.
    I do not get upset when, for example, British people use "fag" do describe cigarettes, even though it has a history of being used to demean LGBTQ+ people.

  • Truly shook with the amount of dislikes; this content is SO accessible and unaccusingly delivered. And it's all true. Just because someone is uncomfortable with their implicit ableism being called out doesn't mean it just like….doesn't exist. Wonderful, informative video.

  • Over-generalizing the word triggered is my weak point, it makes me so anxious and frustrated when people use it in a nasty way e.g. F***ing vegan got triggered.

  • To me, I’ve never been bothered by “slang” terms. I get upset when people say comments like “your pain isn’t that bad” . To me, Those comments are way more harmful.

  • I feel guilty using these words but so much of the English language unfortunately involves ableist language. For example, crazy, mad… pretty much any word to describe something that is different. I feel bad using words that are ableist to my own illnesses but at this point, I can’t speak English anymore and I’ve kind of just tried to stop thinking about it. But what really pisses me off is when people use mental illnesses as adjectives for their feelings.

  • I’m just gonna put “trigger warning” on everything but not describe what it’s for. Because everyone gets triggered by the most UNNECESSARY shit. And you get to gamble on whether or not you want to view my media. If you get triggered. Oh well. Shouldn’t have been so sensitive and soft. 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • I’m interested in this but I wonder if some of these phrases have taken on new meanings altogether, that sever them from the original definitions you’re pointing out. Something like “that’s lame” when read with a dictionary does appear to use “lame” – unable to walk normally – as a way to negatively assess a situation but i think for many we have no idea of “lame” in that context. Do doctors even use the term lame often? (correct me if i’m wrong) but I have almost never heard it used in this context. I would argue that the phrase has taken on its own meaning – like an idiom “a use of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words”. Similar to when someone says “break a leg” for good luck.

  • Hello, I was wondering if I’m allowed to call myself disabled? I have JHS which significantly impacts my ability to walk and stand (also write, lift, etc) but I do it without mobility aids (although they’re considering giving me crutches) but every single second of my life is painful, and I get severe fatigue as well as brain fog. I’m also under 18 with OCD and social anxiety unfortunately.

    Yeah so am I allowed to call myself disabled?

  • This, is nothing more than entitlement. You believe because you have a "disability" that you deserve special treatment. Because you suffer, the rest of the world must do a little song and dance routine to accommodate your disability, and in this case, your feelings. You expect the world to change to suit you. You believe you are special because of your disability and I essence, you have defined your life by your disability, which is the exact thing you are trying to avoid. The message is that YOU are not special. Your disability does not mean the rest of human kind must revolve around your definition of what is acceptable and what makes you feel good. Feeling good and accepted is not a right. In fact, the only guaranteed rights we have as human beings is the right to attempt to survive, and the right to die. That's it. And furthermore, in a world full of people who are suffering, starving, oppressed and marginalized, it's hard for me to see the sense in addressing problems regarding a particular individual's "feelings". It is not mine or anyone else's job to make you feel better about your problems and insecurities. You are the only one who can control and manage that aspect of your life.

  • I’m a person with learning disabilities, I don’t typically broadcast it, but I don’t hide it either. To me it just is what is what is. When you talk about casual ableism, I’m no stranger to it. To this day it still makes my blood boil when I hear someone feeling the need to dumb down things for me. Awesome video, keep up the great work.

  • Hi Annie I have shared this post to my group tho small hopeing to campaign further with an organisation that is interested. It is called Give A Shift For Disability and wonder what your thoughts are. I have "invisible" disability for the most part but feel reclaiming the word just as Mad Pride movement reclaims that phrase is fine. I prefer diversity personally but this can also mean people do not acknowledge the challenges that may come with disability and sometimes the extra support needed depending on person's individual needs to do what they/we want to do. language is important but people with and without disability will also have diverse opinions on it and like i find some humour funny depending on context and who is using i am quite happy to laugh at myself using selfreferential language in regard to my own struggles with my conditions sometimes it actually helps me get through. Thanks for an interesting post and as you say "used to insult others or to describe something negative" using disability descriptors I do not think is very kind or considerate of wider community with all it's diversity. We all make mistakes though and I accept that calling it out is often awkward especially. You called it, thanks:)

  • I wish I could send this video to the guy who turned me down and insulted me for being autistic. I wish I could apologize a woman with PTSD for telling her she was rude.

  • Just a reminder, even though this is only partially related: being a parent of a Disabled person does NOT make you a hero. It makes you a parent of a Disabled person. (Believe it or not, some people say that people who kill their Disabled children for being “burdens” are heroes! 😡 THEY ARE NOT. They are VILLAINS. For more information, look up the Disability Day of Mourning. 😢)

    Fighting for the rights of Disabled people, whether or not you are a parent of one? Now THAT makes you a hero!

  • Thank you for this. It's kind of strange how people can be so hypocritical about it. Gasping harshly when they hear obviously offensive slurs, but in the same breath use ableist slurs, and even defend them.
    I have a learning disability. I've had it my whole life. I've had teachers and adults alike discriminate against me for it. I had somebody that I once admired actually try to compare white supremacists to learning disabilities, and legitimately thought they were making a smart comparison. When I tried to politely correct them, And said that I did not appreciate my disability being compared to something Not just horrible but a conscious choice somebody made, they argued with me. Saying, "well that's how I view things. Get over it." It took me a long time to get over that.

  • The downvotes show how many ignorant people and bigots are out there. I am so sad that thse people think it is okay.

  • My wife is literally lame. She was born with CP and only learned to walk at 7 years old because she had an experimental (at the time) surgery called a dorsal rhizotomy. It is still challenging for her to walk for more than a few minutes and has bad balance and circulation. She hates the terms ableism and ableist and isn't offended by people using the term lame, I'm guessing because she doesn't see herself as a victim and uses the word herself the same way almost anyone else does. In this train of thought we shouldn't use dumb either. How about people just aren't assholes (don't mean to sound ableist if someone out there doesn't have an asshole) to people, which I would bet the vast majority of people are no doing. You don't need to look for reasons to be offended.

  • I have been disabled for 3 years and an ableist approached me and tried to kick me(I'm in karate) I grabbed his leg said you have met with a terrible fate haven't you and threw up to the floor

  • In my opinion,intent matters when someone says something.Are they saying it to intentionally hurt someone.Actions speak louder then words.

  • tbh i'm autistic and if i see one more person casually use it as an insult or say the r slur or make those dumbass autistic kid memes, i'm throwing hands

  • I lost hearing in my left ear and personally, this is ridiculous. Get over it and move on everyone has struggles, stop blaming society. Everyone has something to be offended about today.

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