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Watch your language at the Paralympics

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What I hear ALOT: "...one legged man in an ass kickin' contest." :D

What I hope to hear soon: "...and he's winning!" :P

I'm an AMP, with a STUMP, that races a GIMPED motorcycle. Oh, and according to the Aussie's, I'm also BLUE! :lol: :lol: ;)

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Hi Shane

Until relatively recently I always used the word stump to talk about one of my legs, as all the doctors and prosthetists I saw when I was young, used the terms. But now I prefer to use the term legs…as, when all is said and done, that is what they still are…they may have attachments that help me to walk, but my legs are doing all the hard work and they move like legs, so that is what they are…legs. Likewise, I refer to my prostheses as limbs…for the simple reason that I trust them to help move me around. Another reason why I use the term, is because I socialise primarily with people who don’t use prostheses (i.e. non-amps) and most people don’t know what ‘a prosthesis’ is and ‘an artificial leg’ is a bit of a mouthful.

Of course, as Paul suggested, terminology is important in high profile events such as the paralympics. However, I also think it’s important for our own self image and self worth to try to use positive terms. The non-amp (for want of a better word) often takes their lead from us and if we call ourselves cripples, gimps, peg leg, spaz…etc., then they will too. Some people don’t need much encouragement to be unpleasant to other people…and ‘don’t do as I do, do as I say’, doesn’t seem to command much respect.

I know that in the end, it all comes down to semantics. However, having had a lifetime of being called those negative names, I prefer to use positive terms. I don’t even use those negative terms to describe people I dislike…such is my hatred of those words. I like myself and I am positive about myself, therefore I use positive terms to describe myself...and people in a similar situation to myself.

Lizzie :)

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Sorry Lizzie, my post was ment to be taken as "in the club humor." I understand and appreciate your concerns very much. And I do agree. One of my biggest goals nowadays is to promote a different and positive view of people with "disabilities" through my day to day actions within my little world. I don't like people to say negative things about anyone who is in "the arena" and fighting the good fight. (as we all are) But, at the same time, I can't get hung up expecting people to walk on egg shells when I'm around. I feel that can hurt my cause.

Again, I TOTALLY agree with all you have said. Point well taken and appreciated. :)

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"A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL A ROSE"

But my favorite quote comes from my friend - POPEYE

"I yam whats I yam"

I really don't get into semantics, as long as what they say is done with a smile and meant well.

My father always said, that it was not what people say, but how they say it.

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My father always said, that it was not what people say, but how they say it.

Could'nt be better said ;)

PJ

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