tumblr is kind of an unhealthy environment to be in sometimes because often it’s so black and white
either you’re right, and you’re an amazing god worthy of praise, or you’re wrong, and you’re a horrible monster who deserves to die
i just saw a post that said that if you don’t understand how minimum wage and art commissions work, then you’re “the worst kind of garbage shit trash”. like… after a certain point it’s time to calm down
Anonymous said: Honest to god I am just curious and don't know anything -- why is spazz/spastic offensive? I feel really really bad right now because my sisters and I used to call eachother spazzes all the time. :( And I have called people spazzes. I thought it was just a playful word but no?
I’m not quite awake enough to give this a more thorough answer, but here’s a snippet from an article on the matter:
the American usage of spaz had long lost any resonance it might have had with the epithet spastic. This is not the case in Great Britain, however, where both spastic and spaz evidently remain in active usage as derogatory terms for people with cerebral palsy or other disabilities affecting motor coordination. A BBC survey ranked spastic as the second-most offensive term for disabled people, just below retard…
It means different things in different countries, of course. While living in Sweden I realised that it’s used mostly to describe spasticity and not directed at people. Unless of course they’re using english slurs, which can be quite popular.
Having a disabled sibling and having the word thrown at me my whole childhood it means something very different to me. I remember my mother being involved with Scope when they changed their name from the spastic society in the 90s after complaints.
But like a lot of “bad language” it really does depend on who you’re talking to. If an american or non english speaker uses it I rarely give it much thought.
We live in a society that’s sexist in ways it doesn’t understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. I think it threatens them in a very primal way, and male privilege makes them feel free to lash out.
This is why women are socialized to carefully dance around these issues, disagreeing with men in an extremely gentle manner. Not because women are nicer creatures than men. But because our very survival can depend on it."
The whole article sadly hits very close to home.