Belenen (belenen) wrote,
Belenen
belenen

dear friend: please reconsider your use of that slur

icon: "honesty (me, outdoors, gazing straight at the camera with a solemn expression)"

If I gave you this link, please understand that it was motivated by affection and/or respect. I have this conversation over and over, and it takes a lot out of me, so I needed to create a less energy-intense way to communicate about it. If I didn't respect you and/or feel affection for you, I would not risk giving you this link. If I have already talked with you about it*, this is my low-energy way of reminding you (with bonus of allowing bystanders to also learn).

I give this link in response to people using slurs. You probably didn't realize that what you were saying was a slur, or maybe you didn't realize the harm. The most common mistakes I come across are use of the words stupid, lame, crazy, or insane. Usually I put asterisks in these to make it clear that I consider them slurs, but sometimes people can't tell what word I am referring to, so I'm writing them out here for clarity.

[a full list of the slurs which I may be referring to - TW slurs]
TW slurs--------

a full list of the slurs which I may be referring to:
stupid,
idiot,
moron,
cretin,
dumb (if you mean the physical quality, the term is 'mute' or 'nonverbal'),
derp,
ermahgerd,
duh,
crazy,
insane,
psychotic,
sociopath,
psychopath,
wacko,
mental,
psycho,
cray-cray,
bitch,
douche,
pussy,
cunt,
lame,
thug,
ghetto,
blind or deaf (when used to mean "not paying attention"),
gay,
retard/ed,
n*gger,
jew or gyp (used to mean swindle/steal/cheat),
tranny,
shemale,
cripple,
slut,
whore,
fag/got
or other words/phrases that are intended as slang for these words such as "special."
------------end TW


Here I explain what is harmful about using these words.

Here I explain why it is still a problem to use slurs even when you are not aiming them at a person.

Here I explain how you are not missing out by avoiding these words: you are becoming a better communicator.

If you read all of this and you still want to feel free to use slurs, please let me know. That is a dealbreaker for me with friendship. I can totally understand it being difficult and I won't hold it against you at all if you make mistakes, but if you have no intention of removing slurs from your communication, you are not a safe person for me and I do not want to invest in you.

*I find it almost impossible to remind people in more direct ways because I empathize so hard with trying and making mistakes and how embarrassing that is. If I give you this link and you have already decided to try not to use slurs, please feel no need to apologize or engage about it, just take it as a reminder. I promise I don't need an apology; I understand that it is a process.
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