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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I'm going to tell you about the bad and the ugly first and save the best for last.

The Bad:
I got my wisdom teeth out today.

The Ugly:
Reader beware: this may be too much information for some. 
The anesthesia didn't agree with me and I threw up in the car on the way home. The humerus part about it was Dave drove across 4 lanes of traffic to try to get off the road while rummaging through the back seat for a plastic back for me to puke in. Apparently the Advil didn't agree with me either because I ended up getting sick twice more. So not fun. Although I'm feeling a ton better tonight. 

The Good:
The highlight of the day is when my mom called me to comment on my letter to the editor that got printed in today's paper. Let me give you some background. Yesterday's paper included a front page article with the phrase, "retarded residence" in the headline. I couldn't believe it. I was so outraged that I wrote a letter to the editor and low and behold it got published as today's letter of the day in the opinion/editorial section. Check it out if you can still get a hold of today's Star tribune because it looks cooler in the actual paper, but here it is online if you are interested in reading what I had to say.


Autumn Hilden said...

interesting. i read all of the comments on the strib website, and lots of people were unconvinced that language and terminology play a part in developing and supporting cultural perception. i don't think any of them would argue with the idea that referring to a group of nurses (regardless of their actual gender) as women would support the idea that only women are/should be nurses, for example, or that words like 'bitch' and 'slut' only being applied to women tends to place an unfavorable cloak of negativity on women in general when there are no equivalent words for men. it's clear that words do influence perceptions. that's why refer to the president as 'president so-and-so' rather than by first name (unless we are purposefully trying to undermine presidential authority). whether the word in question is actually offensive is a separate issue - one that is worth debating and writing about - but i can't see making any argument that words and titles aren't as powerful as they are.

Anonymous said...

You go girl! It didn't surprise Dad amd I a bit that you would rebuke those responsible for using such a word in a publiclication such as the Startrib.

We love you for it,

Mama Amos