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May 12, 2021

Mandy out of order

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I was surprised to read in Mandy Nolan’s column this week a ‘joke’ in which someone calls her ‘a retard’ because she’s so incompetent.

Mandy, I love your columns, and appreciate your principled yet funny approach to life. So what happened here?

I can only assume you don’t know better, because from reading your column for years now, I know you stand for civil rights, and justice and equality for all.

So, just so you know, the word ‘retard’ has a similar cruel history to ‘fag’ and ‘nigger’, and for similar reasons is just as unacceptable.

These great websites have more information: http://www.r-word.org; https://www.facebook.com/bantheuseoftherword; https://www.facebook.com/EndtheWord.

As it says on the last site listed: ‘Language affects attitude. Attitude affects actions.’

I hope you’ll look at these sites, raise your level of awareness, and use respectful, people first language from now on.

Laura Bloom, Kirribilli


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1 COMMENT

  1. Settle down Laura, I am sure Mandy is conscious of the words she uses and their context and she can defend herself.
    She used to work with ‘people with disabilities’ for some years and knows many who live in Mullumbimby and Byron, and their carers. Idiots used to be locked up in mental institutions and people used to be mental retardation nurses looking after… retards.
    OK they are not the best words,and we have moved into the era of political correctness, but hey…it was a joke! And what would a joke be without a few words that make people cringe a bit, like fuck?
    Mandy takes the piss all right, with humour, and she is very good at doing it to herself as well. In fact she does it all the time. Hadn’t you noticed?

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