boston_jeff wrote:Your metal abilities are sorely lacking dude.
No less offensive than calling him retarded.
dave esmond wrote:Since Jeff thinks I'm a douche let me ask you.
He thinks moron and idiot don't have the same connotation as retard. You think they do, and when I think about I'd agree with you.
The problem comes when they are used to compare someone to an individual with developmental disabilities it seems. As I see it it's the comparison that's offensive to many folks. I get that.
But maybe I'm still wrong. What is the connotation you see?
Is there any word you do use to demean someones metal abilities, in frankly what is supposed to be a kinda offensive manner? Or should we just avoid going down that road all together? I admit up front that's getting to a PC area I'm not sure I agree with. But I'm willing to hear folks out.
This is a tough one as it's almost impossible to even have this conversation without offending someone it seems.
Thusnelda wrote:As to what I say when someone's done something clearly stupid... well, I tend to focus on the act rather than the person. "That's stupid/ridiculous/fucked up/unnecessary" as opposed to "HE'S so fucked up." Which is also a good way of indicating that it's something temporary, whether it's a momentary lapse or (grr) just the latest in a loooong string.
Thusnelda wrote:First, thanks for having an open conversation here.
Unless you happen to be developmentally disabled.
But don't get me wrong; I still swear like a sailor
Ducatista wrote:I'd love to get the foron take on this little slice of Dutch life: just down the street from where I lived last summer is a restaurant staffed by people with Down syndrome. It's called Downey's.
Is that mind-bogglingly insensitive, or does it reveal a healthy, equable cultural mindset?
Maeve wrote:A restaurant staffed by developmentally disabled people called “Retards,” on the other hand – now that would be “mind-bogglingly insensitive.”
Michael Patrick wrote:I think anyone can be offended by anything if they really want to be.
But having said that... I have a daughter with autism. Before they added the autism diagnosis to the DSM, many kids with autism were diagnosed with mental retardation. Since my daughter's diagnosis I'm much more aware of the use of the term "retarded," and while I freely admit to having used it in the past, I have stopped using it at all.
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