It’s interesting. I thought that Onion article would be labeled anti-trans and maybe it is somewhere, but Literately Unbelievable is finding a lot of people taking it at face-value.
I thought this article was soo negative
Read in a random comment thread. While, yes, the term “OCD” gets misused entirely too much, pouncing on people who bring it up because of something you read in a Cracked article still seems hilarious to me, especially if it turns out you’re pouncing on someone who actually has OCD.
There was a post going around about an experience someone had taking disabled people to an orchard. I’m going to quote a part of the initial recap, and I want you to pay attention to the words that were used to describe the disabled patrons:
When we arrived, the owner approached us saying that I should’ve called ahead of time to let her know that ‘challenged’ people were coming so she could ‘warn’ her staff. She then went on saying that she felt that her staff were unsafe and that she was concerned for their safety because ‘mentally handicapped’ people were there. I told her that our participants are safe and not ‘dangerous’ like she implied. She still seemed uneasy and continued calling the participants ‘challenged’ and ‘handicapped’.
As far as we know, the woman described disabled people as “mentally handicapped” and “challenged,” but she never once used a certain r-word. Does that mean she’s not ableist? Of course not.
Another example from a post by Amanda Baggs:
One of the best examples I ever heard was when a person on the radio insulted certain (nondisabled) people by calling them “retarded”. She seemed to realize this was offensive. So she got flustered. And then said “I’m sorry, I mean mentally challenged.”
Basically, she thought the offensive part of her comment was the word she used, rather than the idea of insulting people by comparing them to people with intellectual disabilities.
It’s OK to talk about why certain words are hurtful, but discussion of ableist language often overshadows talk of other problems disabled people face. As a result, people are sometimes willing to let go of their ableist words without changing their behavior at all, and I’m sure many of those people think they’ve done all that they need to do.
Reblogging this because it kind of ties into another post I’m working on.
I still have one of my usual rambling posts in drafts. It just needs a bit more focus before I feel comfortable publishing it and I admit it hasn’t been one of my top priorities.
Also might repost that awful comic thing as a photoset so it’s readable… Lol nope that’s not working any better.
I can’t understand
It’s such a bad thing that women have lower rates of autism.
The OP is mainly talking about the rate at which autistic women are diagnosed and really isn’t talking about how many women actually have autism.
But damned if I understand why all of these buzzwords are necessary.