#ableist slurs //
#I understand that the words are very ingrained in people's vocabularies but don't dismiss the fact that they are slurs and that they harm people
#at least make the effort
what ableism is
- actively making fun of disabled people
- deliberately triggering someone’s mental illnesses (such as doing something to mess with their ocd, or trying to trigger a mood swing if they’re bipolar, trying to trigger a breakdown if they have anxiety issues)
- asking a disabled person to do something they obviously can’t for the sake of humor and cheap laughs
- using them as the butt of a joke
what ableism isn’t
- a teenager calling someone on the internet stupid
Except that ‘stupid’ is considered an ableist slur.
The word is constantly used to disvalue and put down people with learning disabilities. Suddenly people who can’t learn in the same ‘expected’ manner are considered worthless to society.
That’s why any word that places a person’s worth based on ability to learn is considered ableism. (Moron, idiot, imbecile)
Other good words to avoid are ‘insane’ or ‘crazy.’
Those words, while one might assume they mean ‘person with mental illness’, are also used to devalue said people.
A good way I’ve seen to describe it is to understand what the context of the word ‘crazy’ means. It means ‘wild’ or ‘off the deep end’ like some disgusting caricature stereotype of psychosis or schizophrenia.
If any of you have watched Law and Order: SVU, particularly the episode in which Detective Stabler’s daughter begins to get herself into trouble with the law and is diagnosed with bipolar, both she and Stabler consistently insist “I’m not/She’s not crazy”.
They’re angry at the very concept. They’re disgusted. Crazy does not mean you have a mental illness. It means you are beyond help.
But that is complete bullshit. No one should feel they’re beyond help. No one should be assumed ‘beyond help’ because they have a mental illness.
But the continuing use of the word contributes to the helplessness and shit treatment of people with mental illness and it needs to stop.
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“This or that..”
Confessions or secrets
Questions about me
Descriptions of your crush
Your brutally honest opinion of me
An unpopular (or popular) opinion and I’ll tell you if I agree
cis is a scientific term still used in chemistry to mean "same" in latin and has been used with connection to gender for longer than the internet has fucking existed my god these cis people *rubs temple*
Yeup. It’s used as the opposite of “trans” (go figure right??) in the chemistry world.