Even the most tolerant and accepting people say things without thinking that may offend others who hear them. They have no intention to insult or offend and still they do.
Often we say these things because they are so widely used that they have become a part of the vernacular, people use these words and phrases without thinking, it’s just the way we express an idea that often has nothing to do with the words we are using. How often do we hear someone who is an otherwise good person who is understanding and caring say something like “that’s a really retarded thing to say?” That person would never say to a mentally challenged individual, “you are a retard” yet he feels no such restraint when telling another that he has just made an incredibly stupid statement.
Of course there are the insensitive clods who do use these offensive and demeaning words no matter what the situation, the person who will look someone with Down Syndrome in the eye and tell him he is a “retard” but they represent the minority, most are not that callous and ignorant, we just don’t think before we speak and we use the terms that we hear all the time.
What we really need to do is to train ourselves to think before we speak and not use terms that may be offensive or insulting to those who we would never intentionally offend or insult. We can make a difference one person at a time if we just commit to do that before we use terms like those below.
The six sexist and anti-LGBT phrases are:
(1) “Man up,” (2) “Don’t be a pussy;” (3) “B*tch;” (4) “No Homo;” (5) “That’s So Gay;” and (6) “Tranny.” And it would be good if we all stop using the word “retard,” too.
And seriously. If you’re still saying “no homo,” please stop it right now.
h/t: San Francisco Globe