Someone on FB had posted an article from 1975 about how a group of high school students had raised enough money to buy a house for retarded people
I commented that the term makes me cringe. I realize that back then,it was a term that was widely used.
A guy made the comment that his kid is retarded,and that by my saying that I didn't like the term,I was somehow putting his kid down. Wait...what?
I mentioned that I have a kid with autism. Meaning,I know what it's like to have the term used in reference to my own child.
I'm not going to continue in that thread,but I'm dying to ask,"So if asked,you say your kid is retarded?" Who still uses that term? We've pretty much narrowed it down to what causes the retardation.Wouldn't a use of cognitively impaired sound better since retard is used in a derogatory manner?
Is this guy trying to use the N word defense? That it only gives strength to the negativity if you allow it to?
Answer by missanc at 10:23 AM on Sep. 3, 2013
Answer by bandgeek521 at 11:05 AM on Sep. 3, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 11:08 AM on Sep. 3, 2013
Answer by mrsmom110 at 10:26 AM on Sep. 3, 2013
Answer by KTElite at 10:27 AM on Sep. 3, 2013
Answer by tnm786 at 10:31 AM on Sep. 3, 2013
I think the term makes me cringe because it's used as an insult, and that's how it was used when I was growing up. Not on individuals that were actually labeled as such, but then the word was used to insult or offend people that others thought were acting strange or whatever.
So then the question becomes, how can it be used as an insult to one, and not the other?
Answer by QuinnMae at 11:04 AM on Sep. 3, 2013
Answer by NotPanicking at 11:42 AM on Sep. 3, 2013
Retard is used in auto lingo (as in to retard the timing on a vehicle). Other than that I think it's lazy to use the term in regards to humans. Developmentally disabled would be more appropriate, but not even that in some cases. Delayed maybe. I don't know. I just hate labels. It's just an easy way for people to not have to learn about others.
Answer by QuinnMae at 10:22 AM on Sep. 3, 2013
Answer by staciandababy at 11:44 AM on Sep. 3, 2013
Next question overall
i have what feels like a bubble in my chest its extremly painful and is...