Just read this excellent article about ableist language.
“The economy has been crippled by debt.”
“You’d have to be insane to want to invade Syria.”
“They’re just blind to the suffering of other people.”
“Only a moron would believe that.”
Disability metaphors abound in our culture, and they exist almost entirely as pejoratives.
You see something wrong? Compare it to a disabled body or mind. Paralyzed. Lame. Crippled. Schizophrenic. Diseased. Sick.
Want to launch an insult? The words are seemingly endless: Deaf. Dumb. Blind. Idiot. Moron. Imbecile. Crazy. Insane. Retard. Lunatic. Psycho. Spaz.
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