Today's writing challenge is:
"Three Pet Peeves"
1. Able Bodied People Complaining
It really irks me when people who can see & hear and have perfectly fine hands and legs complain about how hard it is to do something. Suck it up Buttercups! You don't see me complaining when I go about my life.
I once worked at an injection molding factory which was a fast paced job: loading and unloading the parts, trimming the burrs and properly packing them. There was a quota of boxes to meet by the end of the shift. I struggled through it but still managed to complete my shifts. There was a woman who started the job, she complained to everyone within earshot about how hard it was, then she quit by the first coffee break (an hour and half into the shift). That pissed me off.
2. Ignorant People
Y'all see me write about this often. People who ask stupid questions or have stupid assumptions about people with disabilities.
There's a difference between not knowing and asking questions to learn something new, and assuming things and not using common sense when asking questions. There's a difference between "How can I help communicate with you better?" and "Where's your caretaker?"
3. Political Correctness
Political correctness is another pet peeve of mine. Who the hell comes up with ridiculous terms like:
"non-hearing" - WTH?
"have hearing and sight issues" - Nope I don't have any issues with them, maybe you do.
"lookism" - Judging someone on how they look. Well shit, we all do that! Some people just take it too far, yes, but it 's still there.
"Hearing/Sight Deprived" - Only mentally deprived people come up with this, oh sorry....only idiots come up with this.
So instead of coming up with moronic terms in fear of hurting someone's feelings, why don't you ASK them what they'd like to be called? Everyone will have a different opinion and feelings, not just about what word to use, but feelings about themselves with that disability. Some think it's impeding them, others like myself, think it's just a part of us as a whole.
So those are my three pet peeves. What are yours?