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OOOOOH there is some fail going on at Feministing with regard to ableist language.

Click at your own peril.

For background, there is the Open Letter to Feministing.

I've been collecting a few of these in my Mini-Link Spam on Disabling Language, and [personal profile] trouble has some more links here, if you are someone who likes to read up.

I found particularly helpful the post, Why Inclusionary Language Matters, and if you read just one link, read THIS ONE.

So stop it. Stop using exclusionary language. Start including people.

And stop trying to defend it. If you’re too lazy to find a better word or phrase to use, that’s your problem, not society’s. If you can’t be creative enough to think of a different word or phrase, a word or phrase which does not exclude or silence someone, you apparently have not heard of a thesaurus.

Since [community profile] linkspam seems to be on hiatus due to drama or something? Maybe people could collect links as they see them and post them in the [community profile] access_fandom comm or in [community profile] disability comm, what do you all think?

Date: 2009-10-07 01:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad this is getting attention, though sad about the newest round of fail. Still, there's something powerful about the collective energy of these discussions that I hope doesn't get lost behind all the bad behavior and defensiveness.

Date: 2009-10-07 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, I agree, there does seem to be some energy here that I think is exciting, even if it's frustrating to see the resistance, it's exciting to see people talking about these ideas.

Date: 2009-10-07 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've also posted at [ profile] disabled_fandom.


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