People love to pull that “it’s just a word” bullshit, don’t they? usually white cis hetero dudes who don’t have “just a word” to dehumanize them. it completely takes things out of context, it’s like saying “a stabwound is just a object making contact with your cells, causing a sensory reaction, so why are you complaining about it?
THIS IS SO SUCCINCT AND ON-POINT AND PERFECT
THIS. There’s a movement at my college right now to pass a thing in the campus constitution banning hateful speech in the classroom. Literally in the classroom, not even around campus — you’re able to be reported for it by anyone who hears you using slurs relating to race, gender identity, etc. And predictably, my cis white hetero classmates find this a fucking hilarious proposition. Slurs are just words! Except when they’re interfering with my ability to function academically or even just live without a constant state of fear at an institution where we’re all theoretically intellectual equals participating toward the same goals. But hey, man, just words.
Verbal abuse and psychological abuse are really serious but ignored, people that say that words are just words are the first to invalidated a victim of abuse that isn’t physical. Words are more than just words.
When people start screeching about how “it’s just a word”, I’m just like… if it’s just a word, then why are you putting up such a fuss about being asked to cut it from your vocabulary? There are lots of words you can use that aren’t oppressive. You’re being asked to give up a word. A word. A word that’s, in your words, “just a word”. And because someone has the ~audacity~ to tell you that a word you’re using is oppressive, you decide instead to start yelling about censorship and freedom of speech… all because your “right” to use slurs is more important to you than the people you’re oppressing by using said slurs.Idgi.
[using “you” in the generic sense btw.]