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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #16)

Mon May 6, 2019, 02:09 PM

75. The question I tend to ask is, "What is the point of the connection you are making?"

When people use color, gender, immigrant status, disability, etc... as an insult.

For example, "You hit like a girl" or "That play was retarded", I ask, "What is the insult?" saying I hit like a girl is trying to make me feel bad because I am being compared to a girl? So, doing something like a girl is bad? So, then the state of being a girl is bad?

Same for the "retarded" statement. You are insulting someone by comparing them to people who have intellectual disabilities. And yes, I will stipulate that having an intellectual disability is not something that anyone wants to have. It is not a positive thing, but that is beyond the point. The point is that people with intellectual disabilities are human beings who deserve equal dignity and they are being used as the example of "what is wrong" with something.

The discussion about Graham being "really gay" is a similar line of attack. So the hell what if he is gay. His being gay isn't responsible for his awful policy decisions, his support of Trump, or any other awful thing he does. Yet, when you speculate and use "he's so gay" as a line of attack you are comparing being gay to something negative and thus are saying that being gay is bad.

I am not sure why people don't get that.

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