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Re: [IP] Re: "a diabetic" vs. "diabetic"

YEAH!!!!  What Becky said!!!!

Sean, mom of Jake, 9 (dx 07/01, pumping 01/02)
Grapevine, TX
----- Original Message -----
From: "Becky" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 7:02 PM
Subject: [IP] Re: "a diabetic" vs. "diabetic"

> > With regard to those
> > that don't see it as an issue - fine.  Just be aware that there are
> those
> > of
> > us that may view you as having less creditability because you use (in
> my
> > opinion) outmoded terminology.
> >
>  >As to those that don't see a difference between "being a
> >diabetic" and
> >"having diabetes" I extend my sympathy.  I must assume that you miss
> >other
> >subtle denotations in English and miss much of the poetry and meaning
> >expressed in English when properly used.>>
> when i start concerning myself with people's opinion of my "credibility"
based on whether i use
> the current trendy terminology, i'll let y'all know. it likely won't be
soon =)
> as for sympathy, you will find it in your mailbox with a smiley face, a
cookie and a "return to
> sender" label. my major here at good ol' WM is in english/comparative
literature, and my thesis on
> the nature of emotionally charged language use in eighteenth-century
poetry is forthcoming; in
> other words, the assumption that those of us who do not agree with your
point of view are unwashed
> Philistines is, unfortunately, quite incorrect.
> moreover, one's agreement or disagreement on whether they are a noun or a
> adjective-laden conglomerate has nothing to do with their understanding of
the english language.
> with this, their adoption or non-adoption of language imposed by the
self-appointed intelligentsia
> has nothing to do with either their education level or their
intelligence-- and neither their
> intelligence nor their education level has anything to do with the reason
they joined this list.
> there are diabetics here with doctoral degrees and diabetics here who
haven't got their high
> school diplomas, and every single one of them has a part in the community
here; there is no place
> whatsoever on the IP list for this sort of intellectual snobbery.
> i happen to prefer the term "diabetic" when it is appropriate to use a
noun. this is not to
> circumscribe my identity to diabetes alone; i am a lot of things. i simply
would rather use nouns
> rather than a string of adjectives modifying the word "person". isn't it
obvious already that i am
> a person? does the fact that i am diabetic lesson my personhood? i'm not
so insecure as to think
> that it does; and so therefore i have no compunctions about calling myself
a diabetic. i'm a
> diabetic, a woman, a student, a nerd who likes to use big words; my use of
the term "diabetic"
> rather than "person with diabetes" simply means that you all have two
fewer words to read when i
> spout this drivel, leaving me more room to use terms like "lugubrious."
and when i spout, i
> contend that it is not the terminology we use for diabetes that is
outmoded; rather, it's the
> ideas that people hold that are out of date. changing words around is not
going to change this
> fact, and when we pay lip service to terminology use rather than real
social/intellectual change
> we are wasting our time. i, and all of us, are better served by teaching
people about diabetes
> than by cringing or glaring when they use a particular word.
>  if anyone prefers the term "person with diabetes" to "diabetic", i
applaud him/her so long as it
> is for a better reason than to not appear "outmoded" (have we not left the
obsession with "the
> latest thing" behind with seventh grade??) or to join the latest
offense-taking identity group. if
> anyone here has a reason to do so that does not boil down to one of these
two things, i sincerely
> salute you, and welcome you to email it to me.
> becky =) (diagnosed dx'd 1/24/92 at age 10, pumping since 11/21/01)
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