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Physical Disability Bingo (crossposted to dot_gimp_snark)

March 17th, 2010 (09:57 am)

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HEADLINE: We hear so many annoying and unpleasant things as physically disabled people. Wouldn't it be nice if we could leap to our feet (or fall out of our chairs) and yell: 'BINGO!' This body of literature is so vast and rich, we decided to divide it into categories for easy reference:

SUBHEAD: General Annoying Ignorance
You're too young to have that problem/use that mobility device/need those painkillers!
You don't look/act disabled!
Are you sure you have [condition]? Do you really need that [mobility device/hearing aid/service dog]?
But you speak/walk/write/ think so well!
I should totally get my pet a vest like that; then I could take him with me everywhere!

SUBHEAD: Smug Superiority/Condescension
Must be nice not to have to walk everywhere/work!
Well, I just don't do sick.
[Talking v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y]
Careful you don't get a speeding ticket on that scooter! Heh, heh, heh.
I wish I could sit down all the time!

SUBHEAD: Astoundingly Stupid Advice
My [acquaintance] had that! She used [panpipes/pesto/ aromatherapy/reiki/satanic chants] and is better now!
Maybe if you'd exercise more, you'd get better!
If you'd stop being so negative/gave it over to God, you'd be cured!
You don't really have to take those medications. Big Pharma has just convinced you that you do.

SUBHEAD: More Annoying Ignorance
What's wrong with you? Why are you wearing/using those?
Your spouse/parent/ roommate must be a SAINT!
Everyone has SOME sort of disability!
How do you have SEX?
Oh yeah; I have [totally unrelated thing], so I know how hard it is!

SUBHEAD: Outraged Hatred
Being fat isn't a disability!
These parking spaces are for old people!
If you really had X then there's no way you'd be able to do Y.
People with [your disease] are a burden and the reason the government had to raise taxes.
By using [mobility device], you're just letting the illness win!


Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: March 18th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)

Of course; however, since I was so thoughtless in the last incarnation, can I run "dim-witted" past you before I ask Cody to edit it? Or perhaps "Nitwit Advice?"

Posted by: lauredhel (lauredhel)
Posted at: March 18th, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)

Well, 'X-wit' can be pretty problematic also. Thoughtless, maybe? Ill-considered? Half-baked?

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: March 18th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)

I actually think "astoundingly stupid" is funnier, anyway. I'm gonna ask Cody to change it.

I really appreciate your speaking up, btw.

Posted by: The Empress of Ice Cream (icecreamempress)
Posted at: March 19th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)

"Stupid" also concerns some people, because it has also been used as an official descriptor of people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities in the past.

I myself am still using "stupid" but I see the point of the people who find it a poor choice of words (researching the Big Civil War Novel has definitely put me in touch with its past use as a diagnostic of people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities).

Some other words that fit in that context are "heedless" or "ill-advised" or "thoughtless", so maybe one of those works?

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: March 19th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)

I'm still trying to listen about the word "stupid," and Sasha Feather has agreed to sit me down and do some educating at WisCon, but so far I'm not buying that because some people have called people with cognitive disabilities stupid, then it's referring to people with cognitive disabilities. And I'm actually _trying_ to be insulting, because the people using these damn phrases are being really insulting themselves.

I may change it to "shit-for-brains advice" if someone convinces me, but frankly I am a) low on spoons, b) skeptical about this anyway, and c) working with someone else who I'd rather not keep bugging to change the .png.

What's great about Creative Commons, though, is that folks can take it and do with it what they will.

If you have the spoons, inclination, and energy, would you be interested in sharing the history of the word that you uncovered? If so, I'd very much appreciate it and read it carefully. I'm just not there, yet.

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