1 Jun

Photo: specialolympics.org

I started (and stopped) using the word ‘gay’ as an insult in sixth grade.  Most of my friends – male or female – do not use the words ‘gay’ or ‘fag’ as an insult.  But somehow the sentiment of those words being offensive to a large group of people has not spread to a word many people use often, to describe something or someone who is stupid or unreasonable or ridiculous: retarded.

On March 31, the Special Olymics started a campaign to ban the use of the word.  A series of ads, like the one pictured above, demonstrates the similarity of the word ‘retard’ to other words considered unspeakably awful.  Pledge to stop using the word at R-word.org.

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