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23 July 2015 @ 07:42 am
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IFL vs. PFL Seems obvious to me that we should use the IFL because that's what the autistic people themselves prefer.

Thanx to sciamanna
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et in Arcadia egoboo: Sacred Chaoapostle_of_eris on July 23rd, 2015 08:47 pm (UTC)
I'm leery of mandated sensitivity. I'm right handed, I'm near-sighted, I'm Jewish.
I'm also old, and learning how to be old. I've seen enough changes in fashion to see them as transient and not take much interest. In The Sixties (capitalized means roughly until Nixon's resignation) there were so many different ways to label Americans descended from African slaves that I said the hell with it, and stuck to simple, one-syllable terms. "Black" is easy, and one seventh as many syllables as "African-American".
I refuse to deal with quilt bag: SGM = "sexual/gender minorities" is short and will accommodate whatever sub-sub-category is next to demand its own designated share of spotlight.
Annasciamanna on July 23rd, 2015 11:10 pm (UTC)
I think it's complicated. When you know someone's preference, it's generally easy to follow it. But different groups have different preferences, and individuals within groups vary too. So my line in general is be respectful first and foremost; then, use what appears to be accepted language; and finally, apologize and switch if called out. Getting too hung up on language (either way) is damaging; respect is what matters.

I found the article interesting partly because it's about change, evolution and internal tension rather than simple prescription or criticism.