zilch wrote:IntellectualNinja wrote:So why is it acceptable when Ray says something from his out-of-touch mind can we say, "That's so moronic?" It's not that I'm big on being offended--in fact I'm not offended--but this makes a lot of sense to me. In other words, you can still use the words, just don't hurl other people's conditions as insults.
But kait, as I said, it's the attitude, or the intent, that counts, not the particular words. I can't imagine any mentally handicapped persons taking offense if I call Ray moronic- if they do, they are being oversensitive, as Opus opines above. Should I take offense when others talk about "old" people? Being old is definitely a disability, and it is incurable and terminal. It seems to me that it would be more useful to target the stereotypes, by doing things like, for instance, as we have here in Vienna, a Down's Syndrome theater. Another good thing we have here in Austria (and most European countries) is civil service, just for men unfortunately, in lieu of military service, and most of the jobs involve caring for people disadvantaged in one way or another. If they'd had that in the States back in the day, I would have done it gladly.
I can't imagine any mentally handicapped persons taking offense if I call Ray moronic
This isn't about getting offended; it's about changing attitudes.
Should I take offense when others talk about "old" people?
Agism is a real thing. No, you should not disparage of discriminate based on age.