As a gimp, i use that word to describe myself, but if someone i don’t know, someone not disabled, started using that word around me or about me? hell yeah id call that shit out. And if i demanded all disabled folks use it to describe themselves? Hell yeah i should get called on that shit.
The author of the original statement seems to think that gimps etc don’t already have conversations about language all the time lol. We do, i know i do. And not everything should be a long drawn out “productive or meaningful discussion about the word or words in question“. It becomes tiring and useless after a while. Especially when the constant refrain is: “you’re policing me!” and “teach me!” and “no matter what, i’m going to keep using this word!”. [Allow me to indulge with this little aside: Y’know, i definitely think there is space and time for learning conversations. i mean, how else do we move forward? What i try to do in my own life is build relationships in which we can ask tough questions, acknowledge what we don’t know, be embarrassed if we need to, and move forward. Just sometimes? We can’t always be doing that. Sometimes, it really hurts, and is so not a learning experience when you’re on the receiving end of it. And sadly, so often, folks haven’t learned a fucking thing except that they can continue to fuck up and hurt you and nothing will change.]
Because a word is culturally imbedded, doesn’t make it open season on it. Using the writer’s example (this writer is using this as an example without taking responsibility for it; certainly brought it into the conversation to prove some point), “ni__er” is “culturally embedded”, can have “multiple and sometimes contradictory meanings”, and “doesn’t *automatically* constitute the oppression of anyone”.
Finally, the writer ultimately blames gimps for our own oppression with
“you participate in a process (again, censorship) that actually threatens to strip even disabled people of the very language we might otherwise use to describe ourselves and speak about our own experiences.” and “actually contributes to the systematic silencing (and therefore oppression) of disabled people”