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  1. Really enjoyed this one Kronda. Excellent points on inclusive language. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thanks, Kronda. I really appreciate that you take the time to point these things out to people. It was a conversation we once had which finally let me truly understand privilege – and for me that’s led to a real change in the words I use, like “lame”, or “crazy”. It’s really easy to have a discussion about the inherent bias and/or harm in racist or sexist terminology, since those are outwardly apparent attributes (with exceptions, of course). Less so with “crazy”, or with gender or sexual preference issues.

    It’s really odd that we as a society seem to have such lack of knowledge, care, or awareness of ableism – many disabilities are readily observable / apparent, and I find it curious how effectively we as a society have disenfranchised those individuals. I’m happy that a number of people I know have been actively raising awareness of ableism and ageism, and that it’s starting to get mentioned in the larger arena of discussion.

    I particularly liked your bit at the end: “If you can’t advocate respect for people unless you’re personally victimized, then we are all doomed.” – Amen to that. It’s worth remembering not to speak *for* people, but it’s ludicrous to expect that no one can speak in favor of someone, or to advocate that we all treat each other with more respect, consideration, and care.

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    1. kronda

      Matt, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. I don’t know what I said to help you understand privilege, but it’s encouraging to know these things actually sink in with people once in a while!

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  3. Dino

    Kroda – “Thanks for letting me know.” Appreciative for sharing your learning. I’ll pass on.

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    1. Dino

      *Kronda – my apology. (I must leave the office now.)

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