Today is the annual “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign. It is a subject near and dear, which i blogged about in detail last year. So i’m not going to go into a long rant this year. BUT
You are better than using that word. When you use it, you are giving a signal to every bully in the area that you think a group that once carried that label medically is deemed as “other” and “less than” and therefore a target. Even if you are not referencing them directly, EVERYONE knows what you mean. And when you use it, or let others around you use it, you are saying it’s ok to treat an entire group of people badly. You are saying it’s OK to bully, and harass, and even take away their rights.
Yeah–we’re annoying in this. Yeah, you might consider us the “word police”. And hey if you wanna keep using it, indeed shouting it from the rooftops to exhibit your freedom of speech, then do so. Just know MY freedom of speech may compel me to call you a douchebag for doing it.
Just STOP IT.