I'm reclaiming the word 'retard'. This is used to describe someone as being a bit dim in some regard.
And guess what, in some aspects i am. I'm not going to molly-coddle myself and act like im some special delicate snowflake, because i'm not. And to put a 'positive spin' on some aspects of my learning difficulties is actually quite insulting. We are not saviours of the spiritual universe. We are not the next step on the ladder of evolution. We are people. We are people that, yes, may have some traits or qualities that can be described as being 'unsually kick assy!' but there are others that aren't. And i think its important to accept that and not try and gloss over it. I am backwards when it comes to alot of social situations and interactions.
There i said. The thing people like me or not like me, are told never ever to say. Because its not nice and can hurt someone feelings.
I call bullshit.
To invalidate these things is to actually diminish alot of the blood, sweat and tears we put in on a daily basis of just dealing with people. The challenges we face and strive through. It can also sometimes make us appear as real arseholes, because our meaning sometimes can get lost.
I am retarded in some ways, a bit slow and backwards. Thats just the way it is. You get given lemons in life. Deal with it.
I've noticed that most people who have a problem with words like retard and backwards, tend to come from people who aren't. But i don't find it offensive. If someone called me a retard today, i'd probably tell them to feck off, but...it wouldnt make me feel bad about myself. I like myself, the positives and the negatives.
And quite wrongly, i do find it somewhat funny when people get bent out of shape over the words. Generally because theyre not aware that actually theyre part of the problem. It gives more negative power to the words, making them feel more insidious. The more theyre used in more positive contexts, the less negative impact they will have.
My point in all of this is that, there is nothing wrong with being retarded. When people get bent out of shape over the word, it actually reinforces the idea, that there is.