'I Am A Beautiful Person': Adorable Little Girl Asks People To Stop Using Offensive Word (Video)


In the past, the words “retarded” and “mental retardation” were medical terms used to describe clinical conditions.  But in today’s world, the term is used in pop culture as a synonym for “dumb” or “stupid.”

The medical community responded to this shift by updating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, also known as the mental health bible. “Mental Retardation” is now referred to as “Intellectual Disability.” Pop culture, on the other hand, has yet to catch up. If you walk down a busy street, it will probably only be a few minutes before you here someone casually say something like “Yeah, that’s retarded,” or “Don’t be such a retard.”

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The hope is that, eventually, awareness will be raised and people will stop using the term. In the meantime, there are people and organizations out there trying to accelerate that process. One photo of a young girl named Isabella is helping the cause. For good reason, it’s being widely circulated around the internet today:

R-word.org, an organization whose aim is to stop pop culture’s use of the word “retarded,” explains why this isn’t just some superfluous issue:

“When they were originally introduced, the terms "mental retardation” or “mentally retarded” were medical terms with a specifically clinical connotation; however, the pejorative forms, “retard” and “retarded” have been used widely in today’s society to degrade and insult people with intellectual disabilities. Additionally, when “retard” and “retarded” are used as synonyms for “dumb” or “stupid” by people without disabilities, it only reinforces painful stereotypes of people with intellectual disabilities being less valued members of humanity.”

Source: The Dailyst, IJReview, R-word.org


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