|Pretend this is in silhouette.|
And if you don't "get it" then please,
you young thing, go Google Alfred Hitchcock!
But this does bring to mind a question for you guys. What I’m sure was a well meaning show that hubby was watching last week, was telling people how mean it was to use words like “gimp” and “lame” and “crippled.” We should all be PC and say “disabled” or “handicapped.” (Or my all time favorite “differently abled.”) (Sorry peoples, but I am NOT PC and THAT ONE just pushes the limits of my PC-tolerance.)
O-K! I refer to myself as a gimp on a regular bases. I just spent the last 30 minutes writing “lame” jokes aimed at myself. Am I being an ass-hat to me? Should I tell myself I’m seriously insensitive? Should I report me for hate speech against myself? (I am SO confused!)
If any of y’all have visible glitches, how do you feel about using terms like these? Is it OK if the person using them is glitched-out too? Does it depend on the context? Am I being an absolute monkey-nugget for opening this can of worms? Inquiring minds want to know! (Mainly MY inquiring mind, but still.)
I suppose I view it in a similar light to the word “bitch.” I am not ashamed to say I reclaimed it YEARS ago when I was a bartender. (You would be AMAZED at what drunken guy-folk will call a chick who cuts them off. Or maybe you wouldn’t.)
I also removed the “c-word” from their arsenal, thus leaving them speechless for the most part. (No, I never want to reclaim THAT one, but when you throw out the sentence, “Thank you! I’ve worked long and hard to become this big a bitch and I’m working on “c-word” status next!” it just takes the wind out of their sails and the sting out of their words.)
And what about you non-glitchy individuals? Does this whole line of questioning make you uncomfortable? Are you all PC or are you more relaxed about the whole thing?
(Warning: Shameless plug and invitation to follow) I’m going to post this same question (in WAY shorter form) (maybe) on my brand-spankin’ new “Life Your Way!” Facebook page. So…feel free to pop in and tell me what an insensitive dork-a-potomus I am! *grin*
|My best Morgan Freeman face.|
I TOTALLY adore his freckles!
PPS I so TOTALLY nailed Morgan Freeman's voice! Just sayin'...