Glamour magazine has always seemed a little fluffy to me, but I do like the make-up tips and the glossy pages showing off the latest fashions trends, even if I would never wear the clothes depicted. After all, I am a t-shirt, jeans, cowgirl boots kind of girl.
Upon reading the March 2013 issue of Glamour, I found this article on page 306:
While I believe some of the top 10 are a bit ridiculous, #3 screamed out to me. Finally! Something that I could actually identify with.
Frequent readers know that my soapbox is, in fact, the use of the r-word.
"omg, I am so retarded"
"what a retard"
"That is so retarded".
Phrases that I still continue to hear nearly every day. In my presence. In passing. Phrases while are not directed at my 3 year-old still sting.
Every time I hear the word retarded, I picture my Ellie and a piece of me cries out each time. A little bit of my heart twists. I have written about celebrities and politicians using the r-word to create a joke. To generate a laugh. All at the expense of those with special needs and their families who love them. As you know, I could go on and on. I could give you pages of different words instead of retard. Words that are much more appropriate. I could tell you how offensive and derogatory the word is. How it is similar to saying nigger or fag. Instead, I will just say, thank you. Thank you, Glamour, because I am just right, damn it, when I do get on my soapbox about the use of the r-word.
Previous Posts about the R-word:
Anne Coulters Tweet- a Recap of Nigger, Fag, and Retard
Wayne Brade & Jim Roddey, Shame on You
March 7: A Day to End the Word
Stop Disability Slurs! The Change Up
Retarded. (a compelling video)
Ugly Retarded Baby Girl search term
Taking A Stand
Retards. A Letter Template
The R-word, The Descendants, and George Clooney