“Special needs” indicates that the needs of the disabled are extra, and that can be a matter of life or death.
Like elections, language has consequences. And Trump’s “best words” are as terrifying as his executive orders.
White appropriation of Black culture is nothing new. But when white marketers lay claim to a politically charged word used to describe those of us doing the work, we have a problem.
We are told to "lean in," to stop saying “just,” to quit apologizing. But not all of us have that privilege. And maybe we shouldn’t be the ones changing anyway.
So why do many people refer to the nearly 40-year-old woman and her peers as one? The innocuous-sounding word holds more power than we realize.
Growing up in the ’60s, this writer didn’t know there was a term for the harrowing sexual encounter she had with a guy she liked. Nor did she know it wasn’t her fault.