At Wired today, I'm tackling the R-word:
And all over the internet, in movies, and at the playground, people are still using “retarded” and “retard” in disparaging or eye-rolling ways. It’s time to stop. Way past time. I’ve heard some parents express a sense of helplessness over the subject — they don’t like that their kids say, “That is soooo retarded,” but the kids pick it up at school; what can you do?
You can talk about it. Call them on it. Let them know that it’s an unkind, insulting usage of a medical term, a slur that hurts people. There are other hurtful words, other slurs, that you wouldn’t dream of letting your kids use without a hasty and urgent intervention. “Retard” should be one of them.
Do your kids use "retarded" or "retard"? How do you respond when they do?
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