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9/4/2016 3:28:41 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
Why does everybody seem to get so offensive and insulted whenever someone says the word retarded? Or mental retard? What makes the word so special?
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9/4/2016 3:35:20 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 9/4/2016 3:28:41 AM, HeavenlyPanda wrote:
Why does everybody seem to get so offensive and insulted whenever someone says the word retarded? Or mental retard? What makes the word so special?

Whoa whoa slow down...slow down...
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9/4/2016 3:45:45 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 9/4/2016 3:28:41 AM, HeavenlyPanda wrote:
Why does everybody seem to get so offensive and insulted whenever someone says the word retarded? Or mental retard? What makes the word so special?

I can't tell if that last sentence is a pun or not.
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9/4/2016 4:02:00 AM
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At 9/4/2016 3:28:41 AM, HeavenlyPanda wrote:
Why does everybody seem to get so offensive and insulted whenever someone says the word retarded? Or mental retard? What makes the word so special?

Humans put a big emphasis on having socially desirable features and not having features that would cause people to reject them. These heavily undesirable features are called stigmas.
Mental disability is one of the biggest stigmas out there, or at least in the Western world it is. If you have a mental disability, people will treat you like you're infected with some deadly, easily transmissible disease. They will be extremely uncomfortable talking to you and you'll ultimately find yourself without a friend in the world.
Being accused of mental retardation is a threat to their social status and very identity. It's like what leprosy was 2000 years ago.
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9/4/2016 4:08:35 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 9/4/2016 4:02:00 AM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
At 9/4/2016 3:28:41 AM, HeavenlyPanda wrote:
Why does everybody seem to get so offensive and insulted whenever someone says the word retarded? Or mental retard? What makes the word so special?

Humans put a big emphasis on having socially desirable features and not having features that would cause people to reject them. These heavily undesirable features are called stigmas.
Mental disability is one of the biggest stigmas out there, or at least in the Western world it is. If you have a mental disability, people will treat you like you're infected with some deadly, easily transmissible disease. They will be extremely uncomfortable talking to you and you'll ultimately find yourself without a friend in the world.
Being accused of mental retardation is a threat to their social status and very identity. It's like what leprosy was 2000 years ago.

Gattaca!
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9/4/2016 4:12:17 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 9/4/2016 4:08:35 AM, Greyparrot wrote:
At 9/4/2016 4:02:00 AM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
At 9/4/2016 3:28:41 AM, HeavenlyPanda wrote:
Why does everybody seem to get so offensive and insulted whenever someone says the word retarded? Or mental retard? What makes the word so special?

Humans put a big emphasis on having socially desirable features and not having features that would cause people to reject them. These heavily undesirable features are called stigmas.
Mental disability is one of the biggest stigmas out there, or at least in the Western world it is. If you have a mental disability, people will treat you like you're infected with some deadly, easily transmissible disease. They will be extremely uncomfortable talking to you and you'll ultimately find yourself without a friend in the world.
Being accused of mental retardation is a threat to their social status and very identity. It's like what leprosy was 2000 years ago.

Gattaca!

Seriously. It is probably better to spend your whole life in a wheelchair than to have Down Syndrome.
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9/4/2016 4:13:31 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 9/4/2016 3:28:41 AM, HeavenlyPanda wrote:
Why does everybody seem to get so offensive and insulted whenever someone says the word retarded? Or mental retard? What makes the word so special?

Don't know, other than PC culture. I called something retarded once and I someone told me not to use the "r" word.
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9/4/2016 6:25:52 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 9/4/2016 3:28:41 AM, HeavenlyPanda wrote:
Why does everybody seem to get so offensive and insulted whenever someone says the word retarded? Or mental retard? What makes the word so special?

Because it implies that the subject of the descriptive term is lesser than equal to all others, which is an unacceptable notion under the current popular social rules of etiquette that professes that we are all equal. This, in itself, is an issue rooted in a misinterpretation of the claim that all men are created equal. If anyone truly thinks that we are all equal in any way, shape, or form other than certain unalienable rights they are incorrect.

With that said, I personally don't think there is anything to gain from belittling someone who is experiencing a harder existence than myself, so I don't really accept the use of that term regardless.
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9/4/2016 8:16:49 AM
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Oh no. Have you found out what the North Korean doctors have written on your medical notes, Panda?
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9/4/2016 12:16:37 PM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 9/4/2016 8:16:49 AM, desmac wrote:
Oh no. Have you found out what the North Korean doctors have written on your medical notes, Panda?

The stalker strikes again.
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9/4/2016 1:30:20 PM
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At 9/4/2016 12:16:37 PM, HeavenlyPanda wrote:
At 9/4/2016 8:16:49 AM, desmac wrote:
Oh no. Have you found out what the North Korean doctors have written on your medical notes, Panda?

The stalker strikes again.

Well stop doing it.
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9/4/2016 2:18:06 PM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 9/4/2016 4:13:31 AM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 9/4/2016 3:28:41 AM, HeavenlyPanda wrote:
Why does everybody seem to get so offensive and insulted whenever someone says the word retarded? Or mental retard? What makes the word so special?

Don't know, other than PC culture. I called something retarded once and I someone told me not to use the "r" word.

Now, that's retarded.
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9/4/2016 4:36:23 PM
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At 9/4/2016 2:18:06 PM, Fkkize wrote:
At 9/4/2016 4:13:31 AM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 9/4/2016 3:28:41 AM, HeavenlyPanda wrote:
Why does everybody seem to get so offensive and insulted whenever someone says the word retarded? Or mental retard? What makes the word so special?

Don't know, other than PC culture. I called something retarded once and I someone told me not to use the "r" word.

Now, that's retarded.

Don't use the r word you racist
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9/5/2016 12:41:15 AM
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The term "retarded" is offensive, but ironically the term itself is a euphemism, if you think about it - it is psychology jargon meant to be benign and technical. Retarded means slowed, and cross-applying this physics jargon to psychology creates a beautifully euphemistic and lifeless term to label those who are uncomfortably-stupid. Unfortunately, it worked too well! It was integrated so well that the euphemism has become its opposite. It must now be discarded and replaced with new terminology which can successfully separate meaning from language. I've heard the term "delayed" being used by social workers lately, you can safely call a f*cking retarded person "delayed" now without getting any liberal PC cocksuckers panties in a bunch.
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9/5/2016 2:32:57 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 9/4/2016 3:28:41 AM, HeavenlyPanda wrote:
Why does everybody seem to get so offensive and insulted whenever someone says the word retarded? Or mental retard? What makes the word so special?

This shouldn't even be a question, just look at campuses mainly in america and look at their social classes. They can't even stand people saying 'guys' when the group is mix gendered.
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9/5/2016 8:31:03 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 9/5/2016 2:32:57 AM, Fernyx wrote:
At 9/4/2016 3:28:41 AM, HeavenlyPanda wrote:
Why does everybody seem to get so offensive and insulted whenever someone says the word retarded? Or mental retard? What makes the word so special?

This shouldn't even be a question, just look at campuses mainly in america and look at their social classes. They can't even stand people saying 'guys' when the group is mix gendered.

Thats like calling the whole of humanity mankind.