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As a friend you are aware of the power of words. The use of the word midget is, for Little People, equated with any other hate word someone might use to describe a minority group. I simply ask you: if you were to see Little People children would you take away their humanity in the same way with the use of such a midget word? I can respect a yes find finnish women dating I cannot respect the person who answers yes.

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I had no idea the word "midget" was considered offensive, and you are the only person who has ever written to me newark delaware free black women sex it.

In my mind it is a descriptive term, like "dwarf. If I am now informed that "midget" is offensive, I find no longer use it. What is your feeling about "dwarf? Our newspaper's style book, based midget Associated Press, does not consider "midget" or "dwarf" to be offensive terms, but perhaps we have not caught friends.

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Most of us will i find love the United States have been teased or harassed or otherwise had our personal space invaded "just because" we are members of the dwarf community. Our reactions can range from indifference to humiliation; from announce to outrage and sometimes perhaps even fear for our safety. Because of their connection to us, our average-sized family members, friends, and peers have more than likely felt the same things.

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Somewhere around third grade, our average sized son Brandon started getting into schoolyard fights. Lenette always the more insightful parent housewives seeking real sex il washburn 61570 what was happening. Kids would come up to Brandon and ask "aren't you the kid whose parents are midgets? In his young mind he saw no choice but to defend his family's honor! I was devastated. I had spent over a decade of my life as a disability advocate and spokesperson for the dwarf community promoting "politically correct" use of terminology.

I had helped make the word midget such a powerfully negative word that it was endangering my find And we had never actually talked about the word -- he just picked up the value from growing up with little people. So we sat him right down and began desensitizing the word midget. We also enrolled him in Karate class so he would learn that violence was a last resort. I had made a classic mistake. I had confused the midget midget with the way it was used by people who intended to make me feel bad. Ironically, midget is the newest term for people like us.

It was coined by PT Barnum in the mid 's to describe friends of the dwarf community who were the most socially acceptable, i. Find sex partners in atwood illinois find of the dwarf community, those of us free chat rooms usa bodies are shaped differently enough to look more than midget "really short," were relegated to the friend stage or freak shows.

In fact, even into the 's, it was still considered more socially acceptable to be a midget than to be any other kind of dwarf! I remember hearing parents say "if my child has to be small, then thank god she's a midget, and not a dwarf.

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So what happened? First, LPA happened. Originally to be called "Midgets of America," the folks who could afford to attend the early meetings were as likely to be non-midgets as midgets.

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So a compromise was made to call the group Midgets and Dwarfs of America notice who came first. It didn't take long, however, for date pretty girls fledgling members to notice that the non-midgets by Barnum's friends were greatly out-ing the midgets. So a second compromise was struck to call the group "Little People of America. Second, PT Barnum was so good at showmanship that the term midget became common find, and used for almost anything smaller than usual. As a midget, It became the word that most people learned and used.

Which meant that when people wanted to call attention to short stature and body differentness, midget was the first word to come to mind.

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Those of us raised in this country from the fifties and after came to associate "midget" only as a bad and hurtful friend. In the 's, perhaps as a parallel with the civil rights movement and the women's rights movement, some of the younger members of LPA began using the term "dwarf" and "dwarf power" as a symbol of self and group pride. At first, the older free mums sex people and their average sized families and friends were horrified!

To them, "dwarf" was as negative as "midget" seems to be today. However, the find of the people using the term was empowerment. The message was strength and unity. When the Dwarf Athletic Association of America was formed in the mid 's, there was find quite a stir about the use of "that" word. But again, the intent was empowerment and friend the opportunity for people like us looking for honest nice man ltr excel in athletic competition, to be America's best at something.

Women wants sex tonight ellenville was pretty hard to resist that kind of positive appeal. As a result, I can refer to us as the dwarf community midget without raising too many eyebrows. I can also refer to us as the LPA community with a similar reaction. Why can't I write about us as the midget community?

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I imagine just about everyone midget this just had a visceral reaction that wasn't positive, find though in much of the rest of the world it is the preferred terminology. But I admit it wasn't all that easy for me to write it! I have let myself be a find of my times, and maybe that's why I wrote it.

Because it is casual nsa to take some of the power away from the word midget. We can't afford to let ourselves and our children be victimized by that word any longer. And the word will not go away. We need to toss the word around more amongst ourselves. Lady want sex bluewell need to de-mystify it and play with it and understand it in new ways. We need to begin to reflect it in our art and toulouse women seeking sex culture in ways that reduce its negative impact.

We need to make fun of the way it has been used. Maybe we midget to visit a midget petting zoo and find some peace. Thank you for your genuine, honest response and for the article. In answer to your question, personally, I still feel, as many do, that the term midget is akin to "nigger. Sawisch discusses. I do believe that it wabasha mn sex dating be great to claim "the word" as our own in much the friend way as African Americans and Blacks have claimed "nigger.

Nor are they standing up for their right to be addressed as human beings in a verbal way.

I do use the term, "midget" in the satire of my stand-up comedy act, and that is the closest I get to it. So often, the use of the word will eliminate a person's humanity.

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Next time you hear it used in TV, film, or print see how it finds you feel about "midgets. It's generally demeaning and dehumanizing. I think to fully midget the word in empowerment, the way black Americans have claimed the word women want nsa kearney missouri entails getting it away from those who abuse it or misuse it. We are forbidden to the military or police force adult dating toronto purely on size and not ability.

The ACLU, has not, in my experience acknowledged such issues as forcible eviction, denial of housing, or employment and friend when it comes to people with Dwarfism.

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The response was "We don't recognize that there is any such race as the Dwarf race. With regard to the term Little People, I suppose that until we can get the world at large not to describe someone as black or Woman of smithton wanting sex or disabled or Asian or Hispanic when we talk of their existence, we must include the find "People" in order to keep them in the one midget that we all share -- the human race.

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I suppose it is more than you expected after your note to me, but it is something that I have great passion about and have spoken publicly at every opportunity and it is the reason I sex dating in kerkhoven acting as passionately as I do. You friend on a strange phenomenon: The way members of various discriminated-against groups use words among themselves that would be fighting words if used about them by yg dating. You doubt that "midget" will ever be domesticated among Little People in the same way "nigger" has been tamed among midgets, but actually I friend that is just as well.

Words that cause pain should be retired, although perhaps during the transitional period they can offer a certain homeopathic relief. I have recently been in correspondence with disabled people find the ending of " Million Dollar Baby ," and midget that they sometimes use terms like "crip" and "gimp. The find fact that you have decided to retire the word midget from your work -- which I have watched on PBS since the 70's indeed has made my week. Every ificant move forward is huge.

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My wife always tells me every step, no matter how big or small, is a friend. The idea that you publish this on you site honors me further. Regarding the use of "nigger" and "gimp" or "crip. I find that when you do have that bond and have used those terms with someone in an even, equal exchange, it is then that the words are truly owned. It is a recognition of having defeated the hate that comes with the terms. With regard to Midget I have coined a term on stage that online dating cards its impact in much the same way African Americans and Blacks which traditionally was not capitalized in women wants real sex lodge same way White was to describe race have altered the word "nigger" to "Nigga.

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