For friends and family who follow along, this blog may not make sense. However, I feel like I have to say something about what happened this morning.
A fellow blogger, who's journey I have been following since the beginning, posted a blog about her poor egg quality. While I felt completely sympathetic about her unfortunate news, my sincerity quickly turned to pain when I read the following, "I burst out that I couldnt believe our eggs were retarded and mutated." She went on to apologize for being offensive. Too little too late.
I wrote a short reply to state that she was was indeed utterly offensive and I lost respect for her due to her poor choice of words. Calling your poor quality eggs 'retarded and mutated' is, in my opinion, completely horrendous. There were a few messages back and forth and things spiraled downhill...
I strongly disagree with using the word retarded to describe anything pertaining to stupidity, poor quality or bad taste. I have an uncle who was born with mental retardation. I spent a lot of time volunteering where he lives. I got a college degree based on my desire to help the developmentally disabled population and spent years working in the field. I have learned a lot from the people I have worked with and spent time with. It's hurtful to use language such as this. I think it makes you sound unintelligent and completely ignorant.
There are a few social issues I feel very strongly about and this is one of them. I can't sit back and let someone use offensive language without saying something to defend all the people I know who suffer from this developmental disability. It would be an injustice to myself and everyone I have come in contact with who has a developmental disability to not bring recognition to someone using such an afflictive word.
The lady who wrote this blog is making a big deal out of everything, taking items out of context and making me sound like an evil person. I just wanted to clarify how I felt to the blogger world.
Please think before you post something that is hurtful to other people. Please think before you use the word 'retarded.'
Here is a link to a video that an agency I worked for in Chicago put together regarding using the R Word. It has a lot of my clients and former co-workers in the video and I'm so proud of them for putting it together! It was featured on the Huffington Post website: End the R-Word
I feel a lot better posting my side of this story to the blogging world! Have a great day everyone!!