From Kittymama-Spread the word to End the Word(s)November 2, 2012
More on the issue of using words to hurt people, this time from a slightly different cultural perspective. It says pretty much the same thing. Definitely a good read and well worth sharing!
Thanks to my headmate-sister for finding this. However, autistics are not all unable to lie. They can fall victim to corruption too. Maybe not to the extent of elected officials (but could that also be partly because few if any elected officials are known to be autistic?) yes we are capable of BEING corrupted! It happens all the damn time! But not in the conventional sense. Whenever we are told we can’t do this or that because of our disabilities, we are being corrupted, if we end up BELIEVING those lies. That will be the subject of another post, eventually.
Sorry to Athena for hijacking her reblog. She asked me to finish it for her.
Athena and Ivan
In 2009, at the height of the campaign for the Philippine Presidential Elections, the word that critics used to disparage then-senator-turned-presidential aspirant Benigno Aquino III was “autistic.” You see, Filipinos don’t like using the R word as much as the A word. Call it a cultural difference, but here in the Pearl of the Orient Sea, we like to insult people with the A word.
As a result, I wrote “To Senator Noynoy (An Open Letter to Senator Noynoy Aquino from a Mother of an Autistic Child)” in 2009. This was my answer to the people who liked to abuse the word “autistic’ and I quote:
If being autistic means not being able to lie, then by all means, I should be proud to say I am autistic.
If being autistic means not being able to cheat and rig elections, then call me autistic.
It being autistic means not…
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