[Air-l] ableist language (was facebook)
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Fri Sep 8 08:27:48 PDT 2006
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Ellis Godard" <egodard at csun.edu>
To: <air-l at listserv.aoir.org>
Cc: <kmancuso at gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, September 08, 2006 12:34 AM
Subject: Re: [Air-l] ableist language (was facebook)
> I'm all for respecting differences, and choosing words carefully. And I of
> course mean no offense in saying that I can't see your hair color, hair
> length, height, facial expressions, etcetera - nor that I am blinded to
> innumerable aspects of your appearance and behavior.
> As with optical blindness, I have a significant lack of (visual) awareness
> of many typically (and visually) observable matters. To infer from that
> casting aspersions upon the visually impaired, is somewhere between
> insulting and inane. But I nonetheless appreciate your sparking a
> chuckle. ;)
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org
>> [mailto:air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On Behalf Of Kathy Mancuso
>> Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 1:21 PM
>> To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
>> Subject: [Air-l] ableist language (was facebook)
>> In answer to Mr Cornwell's commment (and possibly Dr
>> Goddard's--since he said it was paraphrased I don't know what
>> wording Dr Goddard used) that we are all half-blind on the
>> internet, it is inappropriate and ableist to use the word
>> blind to denote what appears from this post to mean wilful
>> ignorance. By using that term in that way, you are arguing
>> that just because blind people cannot see they are somehow
>> less aware of the world around them than sighted people, which isn't
>> true: just differently aware. The sort of wilful spin on it
>> here just makes the ableism even worse.
>> Perhaps we could use a term like oblivious or unaware
>> instead. A thesaurus will provide you with many excellent
>> options that do not cast aspersions on a particular group.
>> Thank you in advance for your consideration in keeping AIR-L
>> a friendly and non-discriminatory space for everyone.
>> . . . connection in an isolating age . . .
>> Katherine Mancuso, graduate student, Emory University
>> Web 2.0 research, life, and meta: http://museumfreak.livejournal.com
>> "Whenever anyone says 'You are,' they mean 'I want you to
>> be.'" --Anais Nin _______________________________________________
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