At the BlogHer panel in San Francisco, one of the women in the audience asked a question about using the word retarded. Frankly, I was surprised that it was even a part of the discussion: it seemed odd and jarring, particularly after the previous questions, including one from a new mother of a 4-month old with Down syndrome about how to best use blogging to sort through her complex emotions and to find community.
In any case, I shouldn’t have been surprised. Patricia Bauer has links to additional stories in the media about a new movie featuring this same concept: that it’s a funny word and we all should laugh it off. Go here and here to read more.
I have to agree with Dave Hinsburger. Oh, how I wish this word would go away.