Why would people continue to insist on people first language when the group expresses they don't want it?

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  • Why would people continue to insist on people first language when the group expresses they don't want it?


Answer #1 | 21/12 2013 07:01
I have no idea what you're talking about. I am a person with epilepsy--and notice I did put person first language. I also researched what people with autism/autism rights groups call themselves, since you specifically wanted to know. Generalizing about 'the group' ignores that there are people with disabilities who do use person first language to refer to ourselves. It's obvious that you are not one of us. And you're just an observer. Plus not a very good observer either. Yes, you are talking about people with various kinds of disabilities. I happen to be among them. And people with autism are another,. We consider ourselves person first. If you can't deal with our being a 'person first'. this is your problem. not ours. What university would honestly take off 15 points if a person uses a term---without even first giving the person a chance to at least attempt to first explain the utilized term in context of their written paper? . Some written research papers do require the using of terms which are now considered racially/ethnically stereotypical. For example 'To Kill a Mockingbird” is chock-full of now-stereotypical racial terms. We do not hear/use these terms in our current day society. They are considered offensive to contemporary society merely by themselves. But the terms as printed in the book would have to be printed in a paper to accurately and properly cite certain quotes from the characters in this particular book Telling me (or other people) what we're supposed to call ourselves--when you are apparently not even a part of 'the group' is absurd. I'll call myself a person first, thank you very much. Be honest and just admit if you're in over your head with the question. .
Answer #2 | 21/12 2013 08:49
Terminology is always changing, especially as the key stakeholders (the ones with the condition) take ownership. (capital D) Deaf people look at themselves not as 'afflicted' but primarily as a cultural/linguistic group as a key part of who they are. The usual term one sees is 'deaf and hard of hearing ( small D) But some with hearing loss prefer to call themselves hearing-impaired; this is an individual choice. Generally referring to 'people with autism' is where it is the person first. But if an individual states they prefer to be called 'an autistic person' that is to be respected.
Answer #3 | 21/12 2013 12:24
there is no one entire group of people that is against the is an individual choice....with individuals it is ok to use the language they are ok with...when talking about people in need to use people first. yes it is appropriate to take off points as long as the use of appropriate terminology was discussed before hand.
Answer #4 | 23/12 2013 06:12
It is called "Political correctness going haywire." The education system and the media don't help matters at all. In fact, they only make matters worse. It don't help the fact that the U.S. is infested with radical groups, such as the "Students for a Democratic Society" (The same worthless fools that pushed the "White Privilege Campaign" at the University of Wisconsin, and other universities alike, earlier this year), and they spew this trash around which only makes matters worse for the group that they are "trying to help".

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