the idea of cr*ppling means to render unable to move
to render a person to be physically incapable of moving
so no i don’t buy this idea of being able to separate the two, because even when attempting to draw parallels in…
Yes, I definitely understand and will ensure I am not using the word. But it seems like mentally disabled or mentally ill people ought to be able to use the word as well, when their condition is causing them to be incapable of moving — for example, when depression or anxiety is causing a person not to be able to do anything.
What do others think?
I’d definitely describe my depression at times as being crippling. There have been times where I have actually be rendered incapable of movement due to the sheer panic and terror and hopelessness of my situation. I think it can be applied to mental as well as physical disability.
who censored out my own usage of a term that i have every right to use nevermind, they’re cool
why are YOU so insistent on using a fucking SLUR that compares your mental illnesses to fucking mobility impairments? do you realize why it’s a slur?
because historically, being a cripple (as in, being a person with mobility impairments) meant being worthless. a drain on society. someone to be pitied. we weren’t even treated like fucking people. in war, crippling the enemy was seen as a GOOD thing because it meant that the person would never fight again. it meant that they couldn’t harm you anymore.
being a cripple meant being abused. it meant being institutionalized where people will no longer see you, because you were embarrassing or gross or deformed. it meant being MURDERED. it STILL means being murdered. THESE THINGS STILL HAPPEN, AND IT’S BECAUSE WE’RE SEEN AS WORTHLESS AND DRAINS ON ABLED PEOPLE. WE ARE SEEN AS DRAINS OF MONEY AND A WASTE OF SPACE.
having mobility impairments means getting assaulted. it means people moving away from you in public because they don’t want to get too close to you. it means getting stared at because you’re a freak and you move funny or you have a chair. it means people random people coming up and saying that they’ll pray for you so you’ll be able to walk properly again.
all of this happens because we’re fucking cripples.
it’s a fucking slur. why use a slur, when people that have mobility impairments are fucking TELLING YOU THAT IT’S A SLUR, when you can use a damned thesaurus?
use a fucking thesaurus, not a slur.
As someone with anxiety disorders as well, when ever I use the word ‘cripple’ I am referring to my actual physical disability and am reclaiming it.