Ableist terms on Thought Catalog

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Ableist Language

An article titled “15 Crazy Examples of Insanely Ableist Language” on Thought Catalog, has named some of the ableist terms that people use on a daily basis.

The author, Parker Marie Molloy, starts by saying that the words we use have meaning and are extrmely powerful. The old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is wrong, according to Molloy. She says that people need to start practicing more intentionality with the words they use, most specifically ableist words.

Molloy mentions a few terms that people use very casually, not considering their full meaning. “Crazy,” “lame,” “dumb” are disrepectful and hurtful to those who have physical or mental disabilities yet they are used very commonly.

Molloy points out that most of the time, they are used for different meanings. “Crazy” is not always used to describe people with mental illnesses but the history of the word is still attached to it and therefore still ableist.

Molloy states that we have become desensitized to the ablesit terms that are used, an example of the privileges we might hold.

At the end of the article, Molloy posts links to other Thought Catalog articles with headlines containing ableist terms and urges readers to be intentional with the words they use.