As many of you know, I belong to an online discussion group called "Parents of Little People." It has been a huge support system as well as an invaluable source of information. Lately online discussions have revolved around the word "midget" and it's use in the general population. I know that this word has been innocently used for decades but as a mother of an LP, a medical professional, and a friend of many LP's, I have an obligation to at the very least, let all of the readers of this blog know that this word is highly offensive and not under any circumstances appropriate. Please, please, please do not refer to my son, my friends, or anyone short of stature as a "midget". If you could also do me the favor and politely correct anyone you hear using this word. The correct words are "little person, short statured," and/or "person who has dwarfism."
In this day and age, as we continue to progress towards equality and acceptance of minority groups, it's high time to put an end to the "m-word."
3 weeks ago